Could Pokémon Go Help Treat Depression?

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Pokémon is making a comeback, yes a comeback. Kids and adults across the globe are flocking at the opportunity to play one of the Internet's most exciting games, Pokémon Go. If you are a millennial, then perhaps this game sounds a bit familiar to you. The original Pokémon game was first released in Japan as a pocket game in 1996. The game quickly spread to the United States by 1999 and within months spread like wildfire as Nintendo additionally hopped aboard to release a spin-off version of the game. The popular game remained an epidemic for several years but just as most trend-setting games Pokémon soon fell off the face of the earth.


It was speculated among Pokémon addicts
and gaming fans that the popular gaming franchise would make a surprise comeback appearance in 2016 during its 16-year anniversary, and while Nintendo remained relatively hush-mouthed, the addictive game has returned and this time it's back with a vengeance.

So what exactly is Pokémon Go, you may be wondering. It's simple. It answers the age old question of many loyal fans who often wondered what it would be like if Pokémon were real. With the release of this newest apps fans no longer have to wonder what that's like. By gathering data from your phone the app is able to determine where you are and what time it is and Pokémon mysteriously appear as you move around. Pokémon has definitely received an upgrade since the 1990s.

The popular game has been receiving lots of praise from fans both big and small but others have been highly critical of the game. Much like other popular apps it has been blamed for several robberies, fights and some even speculate the cause of car accidents. The Pokémon epidemic is getting intense.

Despite all the negative attention that Nintendo has gotten since the release of the new app doctors have suggested that Pokémon could be useful to those who are dealing with depression. According to counselors, psychologists and psychotherapists there are several types of therapies that help those who are dealing with depression or a host of other mental illnesses. The effectiveness of each type of therapy; however, depends on the emotional response of the patient being seen. Now, in 2016 Pokémon Go can now be added to those lists of therapies.

A psychologist by the name of John M Grohol
reported that many of his patients reported that after playing the popular game the noticed an increasing change in both their anxiety and depression levels. This proved to be a positive move in the right depression for a handful of the millions of men and women in America who are forced to take medication each year to keep their minds stable. While no specific studies have been completed to 100% prove that Pokémon Go could help you kick your medication bottles to the curb, it does continue to echo the sentiments of many physicians in the field who believe that the key to a strong and healthy mind is exercise.