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Tufts University School of Medicine

An Online Counselor for Video Game Addicts

“I see technology preying on our psychology,” says Alok Kanojia, AG08, MG09, M14, MG14, founder of Healthy Gamer, a mental health platform for the internet generation. Illustration: Agata Nowicka
Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 8:00pm

Most of the 26 million or so people who tune into Twitch on any given day are there for the video games. But amid the livestreaming platform’s thousands of channels—which mostly feature gamers broadcasting their screens while narrating their every move—you’ll find Alok Kanojia, AG08, MG09, M14, MG14, doing something different. Affectionately known as “Dr. K” in the Twitch community, the young psychiatrist might be leading a guided meditation, explaining attachment theory, or chatting with a Twitch gaming star about their panic disorder.

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