20 Dec How to apply virtual reality to treat generalized anxiety disorder
How to apply virtual reality to treat 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.
With this clinical case you will learn:
- 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
- Psious VR environments used in therapy
Did you know that Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is frequent and affects about 3% of the world’s population? Also, women are twice as likely to have this disorder than men. It often begins in childhood and adolescence, but it can appear at any age.
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).