Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, or OCD
OCD is a chronic psychological illness that is characterised by severe obsessions and compulsions. It leads to repeated thoughts and behaviours. There are different themes of obsessions that lead to different behaviours: fear of dirt and contamination, counting the number of times an action is performed… These are therefore intrusive, constraining thoughts that lead to certain behaviours, as well as an increase in anxiety and intense suffering in daily life.
About 1 in 100 adults — or between 2 to 3 million adults in the United States — currently have OCD.
Virtual reality to overcome OCD
For more than 30 years, virtual reality exposure therapies have been proven effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. Gradual and progressive exposure to virtual reality can desensitise you and significantly reduce your anxiety.
« Virtual reality is 80% effective, with benefits that are maintained for more than a year after treatment. » Eric Malbos, Doctor Psychiatrist
C2Care, the world leader in therapeutic virtual reality (VR) since 2015, now allows you to expose yourself from your home. A psychologist will accompany you in your treatment using cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) and virtual reality exposure to overcome your disorder.
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Virtual reality adapts to your phobia
Hospital environments can be a source of great anxiety for some people, particularly those suffering from OCD on the side of obsession with contamination or dirt. So often, in the avoidance of this type of place, virtual reality will allow you to confront the hospital world again. The therapist takes you to different departments: general practitioner, MRI, room, dentist or recovery room; while having the possibility of adding unexpected events such as a person vomiting in the toilet.
OCD about contamination and dirt is one of the most common OCDs found in the general population. Thus, in therapy, thanks to virtual reality, the psychologist will be able to expose you to environments that awaken this type of obsessive thought in you, in order to gradually increase your anxiety. In particular, you will be able to go into a basement room, with a variable level of dirtiness depending on your anxiety. The psychologist will gradually help you to desensitise yourself to this type of environment. He will also be able to expose you in virtual reality to different public transport environments such as the metro, train, bus… by modulating different parameters such as the frequency of use.
How does it work?
I get my headset
You will receive a virtual reality headset with unlimited access to our software, or, if you are already equipped, you can choose to have only the software. Our packages are carefully packed and shipped very quickly.
I carry out my sessions
During 2 sessions per month, the psychologist and yourself will discuss your obsessive-compulsive disorder in order to understand it and to give you the necessary tools to reduce it. You will be exposed to virtual reality in a progressive manner adapted to your trouble.
I use my headset autonomously
Apart from the sessions with your psychologist, you will be able to repeat as many times as necessary the exposure to the different situations in order to create a habituation and thus reduce the anxiety related to them.
Each person tells in their own words about the support they have received and the major changes that have taken place in their lives. All these testimonies are proof that yes, one’s life can change, and that we are doing everything we can to guide you on the path to that change.
I have suffered from OCD since I was a child. My daily routine is to constantly check if my door is locked, if my car is locked, if the lights are off, as well as the hotplates. I often retrace my steps and repeat this circuit in a loop. I worry that I have forgotten something, and I panic at the thought of the possible repercussions. Sometimes this makes me late for work, so I stress about being late. It’s a vicious circle. A few months ago, I heard about virtual reality and got into it. I really like the concept, with the remote psychologist sessions and it really helps me. I’m learning to face my anxieties, to manage them better and they are gradually decreasing.
I’ve always been afraid of germs, viruses… Since the Covid, this has increased. Before, I used to wash my hands about ten times a day, but now I don’t even dare touch objects or products that may have been touched by other people. I do my shopping with gloves, hoping that they won’t tear, otherwise it’s a big worry. I have suffered from this situation for too long but recently I decided to get out of it. I have been following the virtual reality programme for three months now and I can see a clear improvement. It will probably take me a little longer to get over it but I’m happy to have found a solution that works, my quality of life is clearly improved.
A few years ago, my mother caught an infection in hospital which seriously deteriorated her health. After that, I was scared to death of being infected and my life was based on that. I showered several times a day, disinfected my house constantly, avoided going out as much as possible… It quickly became unbearable for me, but also for those around me. I discovered virtual reality after some research and was immediately excited. The fact that the session with the psychologist was remote was perfect for me! Today, I find a certain harmony in my daily life and I no longer feel the need to constantly clean up.