Lumosity better than Prozac?
August 5, 2014
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A recent study of elderly persons suffering from depression compared the effects of playing cognitive training games on a computer to taking a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). The cognitive training games were found to work faster and better than the SSRI.
I grant that my headline is a bit misleading. The games were not Lumosity, but something very similar devised for the test. And the SSRI was not Prozac, but another common product of the SSRI group. The number of people in the test was quite small, but the results were encouraging and the researchers are planning a study using much larger test groups.
If further testing bears out these results, it will be a hard pill to swallow (bad pun intended) for the drug companies. They are making huge profits from these pills, yet all the medications in this group are required to carry a prominent warning on the package about the risk of suicide. If Lumosity, or similar games, were proved to work for all age levels, that would be wonderful news.
My wife has been playing Lumosity daily for several months and says that she feels much better and is not nearly as absent-minded as she was. Now, she was never diagnosed with depression, or any other cognitive problem, but if playing Lumosity helps her to have a more positive approach to life while dealing with the effects of CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia), I am all for it.