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JOIN HEALTHY GAMER BETA

Healthy Gamer is leading the movement to help gamers use in-game skills to succeed in real life. We are proudly Diamond Level champions, dungeon trolling MMO grinders, FPS Generals, and streaming Twitch stars. And, we know the struggles of gamers trying to navigate the meta of life. Join us in supporting each other and enabling a support network for players around the world. With the expertise of Dr. Alok Kanojia, a gamer and Harvard-trained psychiatrist who has worked with gamers of all stripes, we are at the forefront of creating resources for gamers by gamers.

It’s not a stretch to say Healthy Gamer has completely turned my life around. Dr. Kanojia really gets what’s it like to be us, the gamers, and he’s made himself an absolute expert in this understudied field. I’m honestly so thankful that I had the opportunity to be part of this program.
Richard W., gamer

Richard W., gamer

RESOURCES FOR VIDEO GAME ADDICTION

VIDEO SERIES

Dr. K breaks down how and why gamers’ brains are wired a bit differently in this Healthy Gamer video lecture series. Go to full series.

More Resources

DISCORD GROUP

A weekly gamers-only Discord chat that breaks down how to leverage your strengths as a gamer to overcome IRL challenges. Sign up here.

VIDEO GAME ADDICTION TEST

Dr. Kanojia translates the World Health Organization’s criteria for Gaming Disorder into real-world gamer scenarios. Video game addiction quiz for gamers is here.

REDDIT AMA

Dr. K discusses mental health and video games with thousands of gamers on Reddit. Check out the AMA here.

Healthy Gamer Blog

Healthy Gamers share their experiences overcoming video game addiction to achieve real world success. Check out the blog here.

HOW HEALTHY GAMER WORKS

Healthy Gamer takes an evidence-based approach to help gamers understand, embrace, and leverage what makes them different. Based on Dr. Kanojia’s years of experience working with hundreds of gamers (pros, noobs, and in-between), Healthy Gamer translates the most relevant psychiatric concepts for gamers to take control of their lives. We work with gamers to:

  • Understand your brain and body and what is preventing you from reaching your goals
  • Talk with other gamers who “get it” and learn from each other
  • Act on the plan you create with your Recovery Coach and support group

 

After an overwhelming response from a Reddit AMA about video game addiction, Dr. K launched a pilot program with 15 gamers. The pilot group had a significant reduction in addictive behavior on the Young Internet Addiction score. More importantly, they are in healthy relationships, have higher grades, have gained acceptance into graduate programs, are engaged in real-world activities, and have mental clarity and purpose. They are loving their lives and are still gamers. Now, we are packaging up the best parts into a digital beta program to help gamers worldwide.

JOIN HEALTHY GAMER BETA

This is not about quitting video games. This is about regaining control of our lives. A Healthy Gamer is someone who games as part of a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle. We’ll work on health and fulfillment together through support groups and a tailored curriculum. We tackle this through five key dimensions.

Mental

Anxiety, depression, insecurity, restlessness. Feeling like the ``real world`` is not for you.

Physical

Sleep, nutrition, exercise. Feeling like you don't have enough energy or any motivation to try.

Social

Awkward or insecure in social settings. Feel debilitated in face-to-face situations.

Emotional

Inexplicable rage, euphoria, boredom, sometimes heightened when gaming. Feeling like you have trouble expressing or regulating emotion.

Real World

Slipping grades, job performance, interest in the world around you. Feeling like life is passing you by.

BECOME A RECOVERY COACH

Healthy Gamer is looking for 25 Recovery Coaches to join our team. Recovery Coaches will go through a 6-week training program with Dr. K and our pilot group to be able to facilitate support groups. You will be part of the first network of gamers helping other gamers with proven intervention techniques. What makes a great recovery coach:

  • Personal experience with problematic video game usag
  • Respect and enjoyment of gamer culture
  • A healthy, fulfilling lifestyle that includes gaming
  • Experience in social work, psychology and/or psychiatry
  • A natural inclination to help others
  • Ability to understand scientific literature and research