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Can virtual reality help treat claustrophobia?

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Virtual reality can help treat claustrophobia. It's a treatment that uses computer simulations of tight spaces like elevators or MRI machines. Getting the experience of a tight space in the virtual world can help you get over your fear in a setting that feels safe.

SOURCES:

Better Health Channel: "Claustrophobia."

HealthDirect: "Claustrophobia."

Journal of Medical Signals and Sensors : "Claustrophobia game: Design and development of a new virtual reality game for treatment of claustrophobia."

National Health Service (UK): "Claustrophobia," "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy."

Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences : "Meta-analysis of functional brain imaging in specific phobia."

Radiology : "Analysis and prediction of claustrophobia during MR imaging with the Claustrophobia Questionnaire: An observational prospective 18-month single-center study of 6,500 patients."

Society of Clinical Psychology: "Exposure Therapy for Specific Phobias."

StatPearls: "Claustrophobia."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on September 24, 2019

SOURCES:

Better Health Channel: "Claustrophobia."

HealthDirect: "Claustrophobia."

Journal of Medical Signals and Sensors : "Claustrophobia game: Design and development of a new virtual reality game for treatment of claustrophobia."

National Health Service (UK): "Claustrophobia," "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy."

Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences : "Meta-analysis of functional brain imaging in specific phobia."

Radiology : "Analysis and prediction of claustrophobia during MR imaging with the Claustrophobia Questionnaire: An observational prospective 18-month single-center study of 6,500 patients."

Society of Clinical Psychology: "Exposure Therapy for Specific Phobias."

StatPearls: "Claustrophobia."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on September 24, 2019

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