Huh? New Video Game Treats ADHD

Do your kids or grandkids have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Do they like video games? They could be in luck. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a video game, EndeavorRx, to be used for therapy in treating ADHD.

For the game, players help an animated figure avoid obstacles and tap the screen to collect moving targets. This helps them learn to maintain focus.

Traditionally, ADHD is treated with medication or talk therapy.

Five studies in 600 children found that participants playing EndeavorRx showed improved focus. This was also true of participants playing a “control” game, although to a lesser extent.

According to parent feedback, children with ADHD who played EndeavorRx didn’t get better at self-organizing and still engaged in excessive talking, other markers of ADHD.

Disclaimer: This article does not provide medical advice. Do not take action based solely on this article and always consult with an appropriate healthcare professional. This article is purely for informational purposes.

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