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PC Game Helps Treat Depression
« on: April 19, 2012, 05:26:36 PM »
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A computer game designed to lift teenagers out of depression is as effective as one-on-one counselling, New Zealand doctors reported on Thursday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Researchers at the University of Auckland tested an interactive 3-D fantasy game called SPARX on a 94 youngsters diagnosed with depression whose average age was 15 and a half.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/computer-therapy-helps-young-depression-study-224944520.html

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Re: PC Game Helps Treat Depression
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2012, 04:12:56 AM »
A cool story, but it leads to a disturbing thought, which is:  What does this say about the effectiveness of modern conventional therapy? 


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Re: PC Game Helps Treat Depression
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2012, 07:29:09 AM »
A cool story, but it leads to a disturbing thought, which is:  What does this say about the effectiveness of modern conventional therapy?

I'm not sure a human can be fully replaced, but it might act as one more tool in the toolbox...rather than full replacement.