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FDA Reveals Video Game Prescribed Specifically For Kids With ADHD

Have a child suffering from ADHD? Then this USFDA-approved video game might be just what they need.

FDA Approves First-Ever Video Game-Based Treatment For Children With ADHD

As per a new report, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first ever video game-based treatment for children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Titled "EndeavorRx" and approved just this Monday, the new video game isn’t something that can be played by anyone because it’s prescription only and especially aimed at children between the ages 8 and 12 with certain ADHD types. Furthermore, the video game will also be used alongside other treatments, such as educational programs, medication and clinician-directed therapy.

A common neurodevelopmental disorder that is usually first diagnosed in children, ADHD affects around 4 million children aged 6 to 11. The common symptoms include lack of ability to stay focused and pay attention to things as well as some difficulty in controlling behavior. As such, this is the first-ever therapy based on a video game that’s been granted authorization by the FDA for the condition. The authorization was given after the FDA reviewed five clinical studies that included more than 600 children.

"The EndeavorRx device offers a non-drug option for improving symptoms associated with ADHD in children and is an important example of the growing field of digital therapy and digital therapeutics," Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said.

While playing the game, children will be given the task to control an avatar that they will then steer through a course that’s dotted with multiple obstacles, all while collecting targets to earn rewards.

Per Akili, the company behind the game, people who have ADHD should interact with the game for at least 30 minutes per day, five times every week for at least a month-long cycle. Doing so would reportedly improve a child’s attention function, which is something that kids with ADHD usually have difficulty in doing.

"We're proud to make history today with FDA's decision," Eddie Martucci, CEO of Akili, said in a press release from the organization.

Video game Video games combine all forms of media, from music, to visual arts, and of course, programming. Anton Porsche/Pixabay

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