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Rev Bras Psiquiatr. 2016 Mar;38(1):24-9. doi: 10.1590/1516-4446-2014-1560. Epub 2015 Nov 13.

Virtual reality exposure using three-dimensional images for the treatment of social phobia.

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  • 1Departamento de Psiquiatria, Programa Ansiedade (AMBAN), Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To test a potential treatment for social phobia, which provides exposure to phobia-inducing situations via computer-generated, three-dimensional images, using an open clinical trial design.

METHODS:

Twenty-one patients with a DSM-IV diagnosis of social phobia took part in the trial. Treatment consisted of up to 12 sessions of exposure to relevant images, each session lasting 50 minutes.

RESULTS:

Improvements in social anxiety were seen in all scales and instruments used, including at follow-up 6 months after the end of treatment. The average number of sessions was seven, as the participants habituated rapidly to the process. Only one participant dropped out.

CONCLUSION:

This study provides evidence that exposure to computer-generated three-dimensional images is relatively inexpensive, leads to greater treatment adherence, and can reduce social anxiety. Further studies are needed to corroborate these findings.

PMID:
26561376
DOI:
10.1590/1516-4446-2014-1560
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