Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Interesting use of virtual reality to treat depression

Researchers at University of London and ICREA in Spain have used virtual reality goggles in an innovative approach to treating depression by helping patients feel more self compassion.

Fifteen patients were involved. They first watch a virtual reality body of themselves.  Then a virtual reality scene where their VR self comforted a distressed child until the child recovered. Then watch a scene where a compassionate adult comforted the VR self until they recover.

Nine of the 15 reported a reduction in depression symptoms and four reported a significant reduction in severe depression.