Thursday, August 2, 2012

A video game that fights depression

Scientists have developed a unique video game which they claim will help fight depression in adolescents. Researchers from New Zealand have developed 'SPARX video game' that teaches adolescents to deal with depression using a psychological approach known as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), the 'Daily Mail' reported.
The game is based on a role-playing fantasy game, where players adopt a warrior avatar and get to blast negative thoughts with fireballs while trying to save the world from sinking into a mire of pessimism and despair. "You can deal with mental health problems in a way that doesn't have to be deadly serious," project leader and psychiatrist Sally Merry at Auckland University was quoted as saying. "The therapy doesn't have to be depressing in and of itself. We're aiming to make it fun," she said, adding that teenagers could address their issues privately with help of the game.

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