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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Computer-based 'avatar' therapy promising for persecutory auditory hallucinations

A study in the British Journal of Psychiatry has reported symptom reductions among patients hearing voices, who developed computerised 'avatars' of the voices and then engaged in dialogue with them. When compared with treatment as usual during a randomised trial, the therapy group showed mean reductions in scores for auditory hallucinations and for the omnipotence and malevolence of the voices. The researchers conclude: 'Patients who are able to sustain a dialogue with their persecutor feel much more in control.'
BJP June 2013, 202:428-433

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