An online multiplayer game is helping to spread a new strain of online games that are helping people with obsessive compulsive disorder, according to a study.
The new online games have become popular in recent years as people turn to games for help with everyday tasks, such as shopping and writing emails.
But there are still questions about whether the new games are working as intended.
In an online study, researchers at the University of Illinois and the University at Buffalo asked over 5,000 adults with OCD to complete five games.
Participants played games like The Sims, Minecraft, Farmville, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare.
The researchers also asked participants to complete a test to see if they were suffering from obsessive compulsivity.
They found that the participants were more likely to score high in OCD if they played online games than if they did not.
The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, showed that online gaming helped people with OCD avoid the OCD symptoms that were associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
But the researchers cautioned that they didn’t know how well these games work.
The internet has a lot of challenges that we have to overcome to make this work, Dr. Stephen Warshaw, a professor at the Yale School of Medicine and a co-author of the study, told CNN.
“There are some areas where we have no evidence that it actually works, and some areas that it does work.”
This is the first study to find that online games helped people who had OCD.
There are other studies that have shown that online players with OCD may also be at increased risk of suicide, Dr Warshaws told CNN’s Erin Burnett.
It is also possible that online gamers who have been diagnosed with OCD have difficulty controlling their behavior, he said.
But Dr Washaws also said that these online games may have a long-term effect on their brains.
“It’s the only way to really know whether these online treatments are working,” he said, “because there’s really no way to predict whether they’ll do what they’re supposed to do.”
The study also found that playing online games with other people, like Facebook friends, increased the likelihood that participants would score high on the OCD symptom test.
“The other thing that we found was that when they did that, they did a lot better on the test,” said Dr Walshaws.
He said that while there are some online games in the library that don’t count against the five-game threshold, these online game are designed to help people with anxiety or depression.
Dr Wawas also said there are games like Farmville that are also helping people avoid the negative symptoms of OCD.
“They’re making them feel safe, so they’re less anxious,” he told CNN, adding that he’s not aware of any other online games specifically targeting people with mental health issues.
“I’m not sure if that’s what’s really going on, or if it’s more the placebo effect,” Dr Waws said.
The research team says more research is needed to better understand how these online experiences help people.
In addition to the research, Drs Warsh and Warshabhos plan to continue looking at whether these types of online gaming can help people who are struggling with OCD, Dr Nalini Prakash, a clinical psychologist at the Emory University School of Psychology, told the Washington Post.
“We have no data yet that shows that playing these types are effective,” she said.
“But it is encouraging that we’re starting to see some results.”
The team hopes to continue to conduct the research and study the effect online gaming has on people with chronic anxiety.
They also plan to examine whether online gaming is linked to other mental health problems, such a depression.