Neurofeedback Games for Ketamine Therapy
A new series of online games from ketamine.games offers interactive neurofeedback tools designed to enhance and lengthen the relief that ketamine therapy provides.
According to the site, inspiration for these games was taken from a reputable article from NPR on a recent study done by the American Journal of Psychiatry, as well as some in-depth online reddit discussions between medical professionals.
The Effects of Games on Ketamine Therapy
A team from the American Journal of Psychiatry reported that in a recent study from September of 2022, out of 154 participants (ages 18-60), those who played games featuring smiling faces and positive messages remained free of depression up to three months after a ketamine infusion treatment.
Rebecca Price, an author and associate professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, worked with the team of researchers to find a way to make ketamine’s antidepressant effects last longer than its typical period. They decided to focus on the most common symptoms of depression: low self-esteem and self-loathing.
The team drew on research suggesting that ketamine temporarily causes certain brain areas to enter a state of generation in which they form multiple new neuro-connections. During this period, the team had participants play special computer games for 30 to 40 minutes a day for four days after they received a ketamine infusion.
Conclusions from this study state that after receiving ketamine IV infusions, training positive self-associations through online gaming could provide an efficient, low-cost, portable and noninvasive strategy for extending ketamine’s rapid antidepressant effects.
Here is a list of the effective games currently available from ketamine.games, and some more in development for the future as well.
- Available Now
- Picture Frame: Self-affirming display of smiling happy faces
- Swiper: Engage by identifying smiling faces. Earn points by accumulating a mistake-free streak
- Coming Soon
- Whack-a-mole: Find-and-tap on all the faces featuring a beauty mark
- Where’s Waldö: Find yourself in a sea of happiness
- Keep Smiling: Go for the high score! Race against the computer to preserve as many smiling faces onscreen as you can
- The Match Game: A grid of cards are facing down. It’s your task to find matching pairs while choosing only two-at-a-time
Disclaimer: Please be advised of the disclaimers on the ketamine.games website before playing these games, including that nothing offered on this website should be construed as medical advice. We implore you to discuss all treatment options, including the medicinal use of video games, with your doctor prior to engaging with them.
Ketamine Therapy from New Pathways Clinic of Cleveland
Before trying out these positive, affirming neurofeedback games, we urge you to visit New Pathways Clinic in Cleveland for your ketamine IV infusions. Ketamine treatments have had an overwhelmingly positive effect in helping aid symptoms of treatment-resistant depression and several other conditions, and our experienced medical staff is ready to help you to begin your healing journey with ketamine, administered and managed clinically.
Contact us today for more information or schedule a free consultation now. We look forward to being of assistance!