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am_Unition  ·  1541 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Video Game Therapy...is it a real thing?

When I was a kid, maybe around age 9 or 10, I developed an irrational fear of vomiting. Why? Because I never puked, at least past the age of when the brain forms long term memories. Stupid, I know.

Anyway, my parents put me in therapy, and the therapist would fire up an SNES at the beginning of every sesh. We'd play NBA Jam while he talked me through my (lack of) logic about vomiting. It totally worked. I got over my fixation and moved on with my life. If I had to guess, the enjoyment of playing video games was then associated with talking and thinking about vomit, if only tangentially. It was enough of a foot in the door to be effective.

Even more effective was when I took a couple of shots after drinking a bottle of red wine at age 19 (I never vomited in the interim, I never get sick). I definitively overcame my fear of vomiting in the back seat of my roommate's Toyota. It felt fantastic.

neurotransmissions  ·  1540 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Haha, congratulations on getting over your fear of vomiting! That's a great story. It sounds like you had a pretty good therapist. NBA Jam was one of my favorites growing up. I have an SNES in my office and still play it to this day with my clients. Carrying on the tradition, I guess!