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OKLAHOMA CITY – A local organization is jumping on the Pokemon craze to help patients.

Easter Seals Oklahoma Occupational Therapists say they are using Pokemon Go to help patients develop hand-eye coordination when catching the creatures.

Experts say the game also helps with spatial awareness, visual perception skills, fine motor skills, impulse control and social skills.

This isn’t the first time the game has been used to help patients.

Mental health experts say it is having a surprising effect on patients suffering from depression and social anxiety disorders.

Experts say the game is fun and players feel rewarded when they capture a Pokemon, meaning that it is providing behavioral activation for players.

The game is also structured and provides immediate feedback, which can be crucial for those suffering from depression. Since the app is so popular, it can also be an easy conversation starter for people with social anxiety.