Video game designers tout games as prescription therapies

Inside the push for prescription video games to treat autism, anxiety, even Alzheimer’s

By: Rebecca Robbins

Hundreds of patients with mental illness are signing up to test an unusual experimental treatment: video games.

It’s part of a bold push by several companies, led by two Boston startups, to secure permission from federal regulators to market their video games as medical therapies, to be prescribed by physicians for conditions ranging from depression to autism to even, perhaps, Alzheimer’s disease…