Video Games Help Detect And Cure Depression

 - Mar 3, 2007
References: psp.about & blog.wired
Video games are turning out to be useful in a very unexpected way... in the detection and cure of depression.

A new spatial memory video game is being used by researchers to detect depression, since studies have shown that depressed subjects perform more poorly than their non-depressed counterparts. Researchers have been so pleased with the success and accuracy of this tool that it may soon become a standard tool used to test for depression.

As for curing depression, an Australian study of teens suffering from depression found that online gaming where withdrawn teens are forced to socialize can be very beneficial, especially when coupled with a supplement called Welatonin.