By Marie Miguel
If you’re a critic of video games and how they shape young minds, you might want to reconsider as new insights indicate video games may help a person’s mental health instead of harm it as has been argued in the past. These assertions are based on research conducted on Nintendo Therapy and other visual forms of therapy over the past decade.
Molecular Psychiatry writes of a study of the Nintendo game Tetris conducted in The United Kingdom on a control group which had witnessed or were part of a traumatic experience such as a fatal car accident. For the study, 71 people who witnessed a traumatic incident within hours of the study participated with 37 of those participants playing Tetris for 20 minutes. The remaining 34 logged their activities — which included texting, reading, and watching TV — during their hospital stays.
Researchers concluded Tetris and similar games can “offer a low-intensity means that could substantially improve the mental health of those who have experienced psychological trauma.” Additionally, other games such as Candy Crush Saga can have the same positive effects.
How Video Games Help Improve Mental Health
The study assessed the effects of Tetris’ — which uses multiple polygon shapes in various formats and colors to clear rows of blocks at a time — on a player’s mind. It provided insight into the minds of gamers and how those games improve mental health, including:
As technology develops and virtual reality takes shape, Nintendo Therapy and other forms of digital therapies could help individuals in myriad ways.
If you have patients in need of help during or after a traumatic event, advise them to seek out a licensed professional or consider directing them to online resources such as BetterHelp.
About The Author
Marie Miguel is an avid internet researcher. She is fueled by her determination to answer the many questions she hasn't been able to find the answer to anywhere else. When she finds these answers she likes to spread the knowledge to others seeking help. She is always looking for outlets to share her information, therefore she occasionally has her content published on different websites and blogs. Even though she doesn't run one for herself she loves contributing to others.