Benefits of Video Games

Distractions can be de-stressing…

Rx: Xbox? Researchers Explore Mental Health Benefits of Video Games
By Shankar Vedantam, Washington Post Staff Writer

Gail Nichols has suffered from depression for years. When the 49-year-old resident of St. Marys, Kan., cannot sleep, she falls back on a form of entertainment that is gaining increasing credibility as a medical intervention: video games.

Nichols said she discovered the mental health benefits of video games some years ago during a particularly bad spell of depression. She had just started playing a game called Bejeweled, which requires players to move gems into rows based on their color. When she could not get to sleep one night and was tormented by mental pain, she said, she turned on the computer and played the game for hours.

“In the day, you can find someone to talk to,” Nichols said. “Games are a big help in getting through to the next morning.”

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