Will Doctors Soon Prescribe Videogames? | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

The standard of care today is to take a benzodiazepine, says McCann. But a big component of the treatment for anxiety is deep breathing and meditation. Now, youll be able first to pull out an app, and if you dont get relief, to take a benzo and record your symptoms. You can use a smartphone app component to record your anxious symptoms and have a data-centric follow-up conversation with your doctor or therapist. Treating depression in teens–who are generally more resistant to traditional therapy, and at greater risk for suicide than adults–is another opportunity for using games to improve outcomes, McCann says. Studies of a role-playing game called SPARX, being commercialized in the U.S. by LinkedWellness, have found it to be as effective as in-person cognitive behavioral therapy for this group. McCann envisions an eFormulation that would pair a similar game with antidepressant medication. With affordable consumer VR headsets, at-home immersive game-therapy sessions could become commonplace. One of the real opportunities for depression and anxiety is to tailor pieces of content to be very specific for different stages of therapy, he says.
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