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Enhancing empathy and understanding of depression

For people who’ve never struggled with it, depression is hard to understand. It isn’t sadness, as many believe; it is a failure to interact with the world and derive meaning from these experiences. It is an all-encompassing hopelessness whose physical manifestations are hard to express.

Modeled after experiential principles in video games, ZOA is a psycho-educational game that aims to raise awareness of depression, informing relatives and friends of what their loved ones go through when struggling with this illness. It creates empathy by mirroring the physical manifestations of depression.