Video Games: The First Line of Defense Against PTSD
The U.S. Army recently awarded $100-thousand contracts to three privately owned companies in hopes of creating a video game for soldiers’ smartphones that could help diagnose PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.
As Benjamin Plackett reports for Wired, the game needs to measure mental health indicators, such as response time and attention span, which would then be tracked a central location.
Much like similar proposed apps to diagnose concussions, soldiers would need to play the game before going into combat to establish a ‘baseline’, or normal level of brain function. Therein lies the biggest obstacle in creating such a game. It needs to be both functional and entertaining. Without the fun factor, soldiers won’t be playing it in their precious free time.