View Full Version : Article: What if we prescribed video games and not Ritalin to treat ADHD

05-11-2015, 09:11 PM
Yes, I am a victim of wish-fulfillment on this one, plain and simple. I could be cynical and think of all the reasons this is ridiculous, but I just want it to be true. Plain and simple.

A quote from the article:

Churchill specializes in educating children with attention problems, and as one of their therapies they’re piloting this game, created by a Massachusetts outfit called Atentiv. Developed in collaboration with Duke University neuroscientist Ranga Krishnan, it’s part of a burgeoning field called therapeutic neurogaming, which turns the mechanics of digital games into actual therapy that its proponents say can calm kids down, focus them, and help them overcome debilitating conditions like ADHD, anxiety disorder, depression, and even, in the near future, certain types of autism, so they can concentrate on schoolwork.

Here's the full piece. Thoughts?

05-11-2015, 11:06 PM
That is SO incredibly cool! Forwarded the link to Elle's boyfriend who is going to college for computer science/video game development.

Here's another article http://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemlee/someday-doctors-could-prescribe-you-video-games-for-your-bra#.ffxrqMW2b

05-12-2015, 07:46 AM
Makes sense to me. It's been clear to me for years that what we see of ADHD is the body's reaction to the over-activity of the brain. The body reacts because it's the only thing the brain can do to release the energy that needs to get out.

Playing video games is pretty ideal. The action in such games will help the brain get rid of that excess energy requiring release in some way, and then there are the added benefits of gaming. Did you know that kids who play video games tend to have better brain connectivity?

Gamers have more grey matter and better brain connectivity, study suggests - ScienceAlert (http://www.sciencealert.com/gamers-have-more-grey-matter-and-better-brain-connectivity-study-suggests)