In our digitalized world, a rising number of adolescents are affected by Gaming Disorder (GD). The WHO defines IDG as the inability to stop playing even though it interferes with other areas of a person’s life, such as family relationships, school, work, and sleep. These problems typically persist for at least one year.
GD is a distressing medical condition that leads to daily life dysfunction and is associated with psychological and psychiatric issues. Therefore, sufferers of GD need qualified care.
Open.IU addresses this need by providing a digital diagnosis and therapy solution developed by an interdisciplinary team of experts in psychiatric and psychosomatic diseases, diagnostics, and therapy for children and adolescents from Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York.
The Open.IU vision is to enable everyone to game responsibly.
In the future, the Open.IU team can expand to cover other mental health conditions such as ADHD, alcohol addiction, anxiety, and depression.
About the Project
Team Open.IU has developed an online solution to provide diagnosis and treatment of GD and co-occurring psychiatric conditions to parties involved.
Open.IU consists of two components: an online diagnostic test, and an online counseling and therapy tool. The diagnostic test is based on a scientifically proven, standardized assessment for targeted screening along with an in-depth evaluation for GD and potential comorbidities. The counseling and therapy tool provides access to licensed therapists and modules predicated on cognitive behavioral therapy.
With Open.IU, professional guidance and medical attention for Gaming Disorder will be accessible to everyone instantly, without waiting times. This solution is a low-threshold, easy-to-use service, and makes mental health care attainable for everyone at any time.
In addition to patients, Open.IU also provides information and recommendations to caregivers, such as families of affected adolescents.
We created an app for iOS and a chatbot to make our easy-to-use tool accessible for everyone at any time.
We use standardized questionnaires to screen for Gaming Disorder and other psychiatric conditions and to give validated results.
We include a diagnostic diary function for you to keep track of your daily well-being and to see your progress over time.
We offer online counseling to get in touch with licensed therapists.
We offer digitalized cognitive behavioral therapy modules to improve daily functioning.
What we are looking for:
Partnership with insurance companies for clinical trials.
Partnerships with clinical institutions to test the solution.
Partnerships with educational institutions to test the solution.
Partnerships for co-development within the industry.
We are the addiction research team from the child and adolescent psychiatry department of the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin.