Is there anyone in your life who suffers from schizophrenia? It's one of the most terrifying diseases, and it can turn a loved one into someone you barely recognize. But there's a new smartphone app that can help minimize the symptoms.
This game, geared toward mobile gadgets such as smartphones and tablets, was created by developers at the University of Cambridge to help ward off symptoms of the crippling mental disorder.
Wizard is a game designed to help deal with symptoms of schizophrenia such as paranoia, delusions and hallucinations, and has been paired with the popular brain-training app Peak.
A member of the Cambridge research team, Peter Jones, explained to The Guardian, "in conjunction with medication and current psychological therapies, [Wizard] could help people with schizophrenia minimize the impact of their illness on everyday life.”
Wizard helps those diagnosed with schizophrenia practice day-to-day cognitive skills that keep their brains sharp. Improvements in memory retention, remembering dates and times and understanding the context behind text, conversation and other forms of communication are all categories that improved when patients used Wizard on a regular basis.
If Wizard catches on like we hope it does, a large chunk of the 51 million worldwide schizophrenia patients will be able to improve their symptoms and better their lives.
Right now Wizard is only paired with Apple's iOS system, but there's been word of an upcoming Android version. Click here to get the Peak brain-training app with Wizard included.