Wii Can Cure Anxiety and Depression, Too?

(cross-posted from my private practice site at kierstenmarek.com)

Now that we’ve gotten that pesky election out of the way, we can talk about really important things like Self Help Video Games!

Seriously, though, there is interesting news for therapists and gamers out there — a whole new fleet of video games are being developed to help people combat problems such as smoking and being overweight, with video games for depression, anxiety, and anger management not far off, I’m sure. Are therapists about to be replaced by Nintendo? Maybe for some people, but more than likely this transition will mean that for a select group of people, therapists will have a new tool to use to help people help themselves.

Read the full article at sfgate.com.

3 thoughts on “Wii Can Cure Anxiety and Depression, Too?

  1. I’m really interested in the potential of using a Wii for people rehabbing from strokes and spinal cord injuries. It would be a break from bad TV, which a lot of people are subjected to around the clock.

  2. Reading the article and your comments made me think of neurofeedback, which takes the concept even further by having people play a videogame by learning to manipulate their brainwaves to help control certain conditions. I’ve never done it, but a friend of mine is a practitioner, and I’ve read some interesting material about it.

  3. Playing my kids’ Mario Bros.years ago and never being able to get to their level was very depressing :))

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