The FDA has approved a video game to fight ADHD
By Bob Garcia
Anyone who thinks video games aren’t healthy won’t find support in the FDA
It goes without saying that medicines are the products essentially used to treat different types of diseases. Different people turn to them every time they have a problem that, in one way or another, affects their health. However, not everything has to be treated by means of tedious pills that sometimes more than one hates to swallow. Technology has advanced in such a way that even today, we talk about video games as a medical prescription, and as strange as this sounds, a video game has just received the approval of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
While some current mobile games can be quite innovative and unpredictable, none compares to Akili Interactive’s EndeavorRX, which can be life-changing for many children with ADHD. The game is full of interesting concepts, and before receiving its respective approval, it had to go through rigorous and extensive clinical testing. The theme of the game is very similar to that of Temple Run or Subway Surfers, where you have to avoid obstacles while navigating multiple different worlds. However, there are certain aspects of the game that have a strong influence on the minds of children with ADHD. Akili has said through its website that its team has vast experience in neuroscience, which has been applied in the development of this game.
The goal is to be able to challenge children’s motor skills and attention, which are generally two areas affected in people with ADHD. According to the explanation of how the game helps, it specifically challenges children to manage different tasks at the same time while avoiding distractions that the game throws at them. While the challenge will always be present, it has a degree of difficulty that adapts depending on the performance of each player. Although several clinical studies have supported EndeavorRX as a viable treatment for ADHD, the FDA has made it clear that it is not recommended as a complete replacement for traditional medications.