Can Pokémon Go Really Improve Your Mental Health?

African American man smiling using cell phoneLove it hate it, Pokémon Go, a new mobile game based on the popular 1995 game, is helping people with depression and anxiety alleviate their symptoms.

How it works:

According to the hit game’s website, it uses a person’s iPhone and Android device camera and GPS to place Pokémon characters in real world locations, such as public art installations, historical markers and monuments in proximity to the player. In order to earn points, players must “catch” characters by taking aim with “Poké Balls.” Players are encouraged to “search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon.”

How it’s changing lives: