Video Games Used as Medicine?

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    The Doctor

    The Doctor I wear a fez now. Fez's are cool. LPA Super Member

    Mar 20, 2003
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    Video games are often seen as more harmful to people than they are beneficial, but medical researchers in Australia believe they have made a breakthrough in treating one of the largest problem in their country's teenagers: depression.

    Australian-based depression awareness service, beyondblue, reports "Depression and anxiety are the most common mental-health problems reported in young people, with 20 per cent of those surveyed experiencing depression by the time they reach 18." They claim that when used in combination with a recently discovered natural supplement, Welatonin, it is 93.7% successful in treating depression.

    However, in order for it to work, patients need to socialise. Online gaming, with its anonymous identity makes it easier for some teenagers to do so.
    "It's no replacement for counselling," says psychologist Ann Wignall, "but it comes as close as an online tool can get to being a way to challenge 'unhelpful beliefs'. Some (teenagers) may feel uncomfortable seeking a counsellor or may simply be isolated," she says, "and that's where an online service can bridge the gap."
    They believe that using a combination of the natural supplement with the cyber element of online gaming may ensure that depression in teenagers may soon be eradicated.

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    越南 Well-Known Member

    Mar 3, 2004
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    wow.. thats pretty ironic, considering the stuff that the media and press have been saying about it since the last couple of years..
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    Zack Banned

    Dec 5, 2005
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    I always feel better when I go on the internet, or play a video game after I get depressed or worked up. I believe it does work for me though, especially if you're pissed, play GTA San Andreas.
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    Christopher Über Member Über Member

    Jun 18, 2005
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    Yeah, that's true your mind comes into a state like you're sleeping but you're actually awake.
    You know that your body rests when you sleep so it's very relaxing, it's not like some people say the it makes you active or hyper because your mind is actually resting when you play videogames or watch tv

    (If anything i just said is wrong i can be i just saw this on tv too :p lol)

    I think it's good that this is said by Australian people cause from what i've heard they always take the "good" games out of sale like Manhunt, GTA and now also Mark Eko's: Getting it up, which is a game that "repressends" the freedom of speech and contradicts society that makes stupid discission about things they know nothing about ...
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2006

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