Virtual reality may help treat other mental health conditions

Encouragingly, there has been previous researchTrusted Source regarding the use of VR for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)Trusted Source.

“In these studies, the scenes and episodes that have had a traumatic impact on the veteran get simulated in VR in a more controlled environment,” reported Tekin. “This [provides] the veteran exposure to the trauma-generating event, but [also to] feel more in charge, as they can stop the VR at any moment.”

Tekin added that she believes the new study’s investigation has promise “as long as we make sure that patients receive these kinds of novel interventions on top of their regular treatments.”