Virtual Reality in the Treatment of Mental Health Disorders

The goal of a new review was to determine the therapeutic potential of VR in mental health disorders. By analyzing data from 285 studies, which studied the role of VR in anxiety (n = 192), schizophrenia (n = 44), substance-related disorders (n = 22) and eating disorders, found that VR provides benefit in anxiety disorders. However, evidence was generally weak, and the term VR was often misused in these studies, with few studies using truly immersive, interactive paradigms. “VR has the potential to transform the assessment, understanding and treatment of mental health problems,” the authors conclude.

Freeman D, Reeve S, Robinson A, et al. Virtual reality in the assessment, understanding, and treatment of mental health disorders. Psychol Med. 2017:1-8.