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VR vs. Depression

2016-02-18

Specialists from the University College London and University of Barcelona will treat depression using VR apps.

Pathologic self-criticism is common for people in depression. In order to get rid of the symptom, self-compassion has to be increased. But at first, the immunity towards this feeling has to be overcome.

Experts created an app where depression-affected people identify themselves as a virtual hero. The patient is first personified as an adult comforting a child who calms down in a bit and enhances mood. A patient then transforms into a kid and the scene is repeated. Virtual space mirrors the real room where the user is located.

Test have shown that healthy patients managed to deal with excessive self-criticism.

Afterwards scientists have chosen 15 patients aged 23-61 with a strong depressive disorder.

Pathologic self-criticism has decreased substantially, and four patients lowered down the stage of disorder to light. Treatment effect lasts for one month.

Developers are planning to improve method, test it, and make it available for the home use.

Depressive disorder is expressed in the throes of yearning, sleep and appetite disorder, strong suicidal thoughts and attempts. Such symptoms have been experienced at least once by 16% of the Earth population.

 

Based on materials of: nplus1.ru