Video game prescribed for attention deficit disorder

In the United States, the Medicines Agency (FDA) has authorized EndeavorRX running game to be prescribed for children aged 8 to 12 with attention deficit disorder.

Video games are often accused of such as addiction, social isolation and violence. But according to US health officials, they can also be used to treat certain mental illnesses, including attention deficit disorder (ADHD) which affects 6 million children in the United States. The US Medicines Agency (FDA) to children aged 8 to 12 years.

Designed by the company specializing in therapeutic video games Akili Interactive, EndeavorRX places the player in control of a flying capsule, on iPhone or iPad. Launched on courses located in fantastic universes, he must catch bonuses while avoiding obstacles.

A concept similar to other smartphone racing games, but with benefits for mental health,. According to the company “EndeavorRX is designed to directly stimulate parts of the brain through sensory stimuli and exercises that improve cognitive functions».

A supplement to drugs

To prove it, the company funded, which shows that ADHD patients have experienced improvement in their symptoms after regularly playing EndeavorRX. “These results deserve to be deepened“, Temper the authors of the study. There is no question that the game completely replaces existing treatments for ADHD, but that it comes as a complement.

In all, five studies were conducted on more than 600 children, 9% of whom experienced side effects such as headache and nausea. But those drawbacks are more than outweighed by Akili Interactive’s gaming benefits, say researchers whose findings convinced the FDA to allow EndeavorRX to be prescribed to treat attention deficit disorder.

«EndeavorRX offers a non-drug option to treat symptoms associated with ADHD in children, and is an important example of the growth of the digital therapy fieldAn FDA official said. The latter, however, warns that this video game must be used in conjunction with traditional psychiatric care.

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