Virtual reality therapy could help people with depression, a new study asserts.
Researchers from University College London and the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies at the University of Barcelona have discovered “immersive virtual reality therapy” teaches patients to be “less critical and more compassionate towards themselves.” This, in return, reduces the symptoms of depression.
Fifteen patients with depression—from ages 23 to 61—received virtual reality therapy for a month, nine of which reported reduced symptoms. Four of those nine, the study said, had a “clinically significant” drop in depression. Participants donned the virtual reality headset for just eight-minutes, three times a week.