Video games help treat ADHD, according to new research
Studies reveal that video games can be a great way to treat certain health issues
One of the stigmas that the video game industry still carries is whether it promotes violent behaviors in children and young adults, and studies haven’t been able to prove anything one way or another. Some studies have tried to explore this topic more in-depth, such as utilizing video games as a therapy for some health conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to a recent study by the Duke Clinical Research Institute, it appears that those studies have had positive results.
This study involved 350 children with a diagnosis of ADHD between the ages of 8-12 who were divided into two different groups. The first group was assigned to play regular video games while the other group was playing a game that was designed specifically to treat ADHD. Each kid would play the assigned game for 25 minutes a day, for five days a week, for a total of four weeks. It is worth mentioning that none of these kids were currently taking any other prescribed medication.
After those four weeks, the study made some significant conclusions. Those children that went through video game therapy performed better than the control group in a test that measures attention span.
This is very positive for the industry if a game can actually be considered as therapy after receiving criticism for being used as a scapegoat for people with violent behaviors. Even though the conclusion was clear, this study is not going as far as suggesting video games as definitive treatment for ADHD patients, but it is clear that it might bring benefits that have been overlooked for a while.