Could video games help treat PTSD?

Posted at 8:31 AM, Jul 03, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-03 08:32:36-04

According to, servicemembers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder may have a new way to treat symptoms—brain-powered video games. says it involves using a soldier’s gray matter to control a video game.

The process is called neurofeedback and it is now being studied by military researchers. The idea behind this new process is grounded in the science of brain plasticity. Clinicians believe that the brain will see its own activity on-screen and will fix defects. They believe after several sessions, those repairs could become permanent.

Scientists at San Diego’s Naval Medical center just announced plans for a clinical trial on 80 patients. This will be the first of its kind.

The trial will help scientists to determine if the proposed treatment can help soldiers with symptoms including nightmares, anxiety attacks and flashbacks.

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