TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION IN PSYCHIATRIC RESEACH: TREATMENT OF RESISTANT SCHIZOPHRENIA AND MANAGEMENT OF VIOLENCE
Avatar Therapy, developed in Montreal by Alexandre Dumais and Stéphane Potvin, uses 3D virtual reality to reduce the impact of auditory hallucinations for patients with treatment resistant schizophrenia. This unique research project, offered in North America, allows patients to engage in a dialogue with their most distressing “voice", and to develop emotion regulation skills. Still in its development, phases 1 and 2 of the Avatar project have shown very promising results. Avatar Therapy is an interesting complement to existing pharmacological treatments.
“The voices that I had were paralyzing me, and I had to continually fight them off, which took all of my energy. I was not functional. Thanks to the therapy, I decreased my medication by more than half and I began to feel emotions that I had not felt for 16 years. Thanks to the project, I have found my humanity back and I started to work again. Remarkably, I found myself a purpose in life and I am able to contribute to society. Avatar Therapy has forever changed my life.”
– Richard Breton, Patient Partner and Peer-patient
RESULTS OF THE PILOT STUDY
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