“Virtual reality has been used to help treat severe paranoia.
Patients who suffered persecutory delusions were encouraged to step into a computer-generated Underground train carriage and a lift.
The simulations allowed the study’s 30 patients to learn social situations they feared were actually safe.
The study was led by Prof Daniel Freeman, a clinical psychologist at Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry [who said] “At the heart of paranoia is the unfounded belief that people are under threat.”
By Fergus Walsh at BBC News
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