Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people have recurrent and consuming thoughts, ideas, or sensations (obsessions) that usually involve ritualised behaviours (compulsions) or repetitive thoughts (neutralisers). These behaviours, such as hand washing, checking, or cleaning, can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and social relationships.

To be diagnosed with OCD, there must be time-consuming obsessions and/or compulsions (more than one hour daily) that cause stress, and impact work, social relationships, and other important areas. Cognitive-behavioural therapy, treatment with drugs, apart from other somatic brain stimulation therapies, have so far been the most effective alternatives to treat this disorder.

Alternatively, virtual reality is just as good as the traditional techniques used in the treatment of mental disorders, including OCD. Virtual reality allows standardisation and control over the parameters of exposure sessions. Likewise, it is very useful to repeat the exposure to feared or anxiogenic situations as many times as necessary, making the customisation and flexibility of the therapeutic process much easier. Multiple VR environments allow our therapists to use a variety of psychological intervention techniques: exposure, cognitive restructuring, systemic desensitisation, social skills training.

At Mind Up we use both traditional therapy and Virtual Reality to help you recover from OCD.

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