Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Videogame Could Help Reduce Symptoms of PTSD

The latest breakthrough in treatment for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is not a group activity or an enhanced counseling technique. Researchers believe that playing a simple video game can be a simple, but effective way to reduce symptoms of this highly debilitating disorder.

The researchers presented their findings recently at the British Psychology Society Annual Conference. They were looking at whether patients, who focused on a visual spatial task that requires high concentration, like playing a video game, could experience a reduction in symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

  California veterans benefits lawyers are very concerned about the high incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder among soldiers returning from combat. What makes the problem even more challenging for our veterans is that they're returning to an environment that is unable to provide them with adequate mental health care services. Symptoms of post-post-traumatic stress disorder could include panic or anxiety attacks, flashbacks and depression.

The researchers tested the videogame, by exposing the subjects to a traumatic movie. Granted, a movie does not sufficiently simulate the kind of trauma that a veteran is exposed to in combat. However, the researchers believe that the movie was a sufficient simulation of trauma for the purpose of the study.

The subjects were then asked to perform one of 3 different types of activities within 6 hours after watching the movie. Some subjects were asked to do nothing, while others were given the videogame. The 3rd group of subjects was asked trivia.

The researchers found that the subjects who were asked to play the video game suffered fewer flashbacks compared to the subjects who played trivia or did nothing.

It's far too early to tell whether the game can really be used as a tool to reduce symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, like flashbacks

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