CBT video game effective in teens

A fantasy video game set among volcanoes and swamps has been found to be just as effective for treating depressed teenagers as face-to-face counselling with trained professionals.

A study published Friday in the BMJ (online) showed the 3D game – an elaborate form of cognitive behavioural therapy – delivered similar reductions on a depression scale to regular care from counsellors, psychologists and GPs.

One hundred and eighty seven New Zealand adolescents