How to apply virtual reality to work on generalized anxiety disorder

Learn how psychologist María del Castillo Benitez treated a 22-year-old patient with the help of virtual reality. The patient was previously diagnosed by a psychiatrist with generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, acrophobia, and amaxophobia.

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What you will learn in our guide to VR for mental health professionals:

  • What techniques were incorporated into the treatment
  • The application of VR in each session and its benefits
  • The advantages of using a wide range of VR environments
  • How Mindfulness environment enhanced the therapy
  • Patient improvement in real situations
  • Amelia VR environments used in therapy

In this clinical case, the therapy was so successful that the patient presented a significant reduction of his obsessive thoughts and phobias. Discover why the Mindfulness environment was incorporated into the therapy and how it was one of the keys to achieve a good result.

Gradual and systematic exposure is one of the most effective techniques to treat anxiety disorders, including GAD, specific phobias, panic disorder, and PTSD. With the help of VR it is possible to simulate situations in which the patient can interact with real elements that generate anxiety. Patients treated with VR require 33% fewer sessions (Vincelli 2003). Controlled studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the treatment with VR, 65% of adults with anxiety disorder reported significant reductions in 4 of 5 anxiety measures (Maltby 2002).

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