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Virtual reality therapy is the use of computer-produced situations to
make you believe and feel as though you are actually in a different place and
situation. You may wear a helmet or goggles that contain a small video screen
through which you see computer-produced images. When you move your head, the
images on the screen change as they would in real life.
During virtual reality therapy, you can confront a feared object or
situation or traumatic event while staying in a safe and comfortable place. A
counselor helps you talk about your feelings and thoughts throughout the
experience, encourages you, and offers suggestions to help you deal with the
situation or event. You will gradually be able to deal with the emotional and
physical distress you feel and learn to handle your thoughts and
Virtual reality therapy has been successfully used to help people
Some virtual reality therapy programs help with depression, quitting smoking, decreasing pain, sleeping better, and drug or alcohol addiction.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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