Game Therapy Psychology for Mental Disorders

"It is a riddle. Must go ahead. Need to find the lost items. Need to reach the destination.”

“The road is full of vehicles. Staring at everything, we have to run without colliding with anything. A good reward is to get home safely.”

“Enemies on the rise, his companion is dog. We have to win with the help of that stray dog.”

People might wonder what these riddles are about and what do they mean? These are the video games, but not for children. They are for the people suffering from depression or other mental disorders. The intention behind this idea is to make people enthusiastic and make get ridding of the disease as easy as playing.

On one hand there is recreation and mental exhilaration and on the other hand there is gaining points, triumphing over the hard levels, unraveling riddles, and winning new tools. A video game-based treatment resembling an online game is becoming part of psychotherapy. Unknowingly, there is growing interest in thought patterns and emotions that help control emotions. Experts believe that these can be very useful in the cases of depression, anxiety, repetitive work, forgetfulness, fears and chronic pain. They also help improve memory and concentration in healthy people.

Take Lumo city as an example. Available in the form of an app, it challenges the brain with new games of exciting and interesting riddles everyday to sharpen the mind. It helps develop skills such as memory, concentration, and an evolving thought process over time. That is why it is used for people with cerebral palsy. One study suggests that playing with it on daily basis can help prevent memory loss. Another reason for the growing appeal of such a digital game-based therapy in psychological problems is that they do not seem to be like the conventional treatment. 

Unknowingly it merges into a game. They are more likely to be accepted by the patient rather than medication, and are less likely to be discriminative against those with mental health problems. Moreover, digital games can be adapted to suit the any and every age group. The cost is significantly lower there are no known side effects associated with this game-induced treatment.


Players of the video games have to make decisions immediately and need to respond at thunder speed. There are variety of things that need to be done in a limited time frame. The controller or mouse must be moved according to instructions which requires a lot of concentration and focus. There are a number of psychological benefits to this approach and psychotherapists are urged to use these for treatment and therapies.

Improves memory

When playing problem- solving games, one has to distribute and divide the data and understand various parts of the information at the same time. This is when the part of the brain behind the forehead is stimulated.

Emotional balance

When we happen to connect with the people, we meet in the online, we often tend to maintain a cordial relationship at some cost. Negotiating with other players and sending messages can help control emotions.

This therapy has proved to be beneficial as it provides a breather from the unconventional and at times harmful medicative treatments. With out any long/short term side effects, the patient is kept healthy and active, with an aim to reduce and alleviate all their troubles.

Written By - Keerthana Bharadwaj

Edited By - Tushna Choksey



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