Recent study revealed that patients suffering from depression could be treated by means of virtual reality

We all have witnessed huge waves of virtual reality in the fields of films and gaming. But, have you ever thought of the useful things that could result with the use of this technology? It is revealed in a study conducted recently that the people suffering from the problem of depression could be treated with the use of virtual reality. This technology could help these people to develop a sense of confidence in them and that could lead to the reduction of depression symptoms.

The process

The study was conducted for the course of several weeks over 15 patients of 23-61 year of age. A virtual image of the patient is shown to them in the mirror with the use of a VR headset and it marks the starting of this therapy. An illusion is created in the minds of the patient as they see this image in the mirror moving in the same direction as their own body, process called as ‘embodiment’.



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