A new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry has found that the use of avatars representing auditory hallucinations of persons with schizophrenia, can help reduce symptoms of this disorder in affected patients. The study involved a comparison between avatar therapy and supportive counselling, finding that the former was significantly more effective at reducing hallucinations. The study is the first to look into the effectiveness of avatar therapy on patients who continue to have hallucinations despite medication and other treatments.
A New and Promising Approach to Schizophrenia
The study is promising for a vast majority of persons with schizophrenia, since around 70% of them have auditory hallucinations that can be uncomfortable and distressing. Around 25% of people who are treated for hallucinations continue to suffer them, even while receiving treatment.