A VR psychology treatment lets you talk to yourself by switching roles (being both the patient and the psychologist) can lead to detachment from habitual ways of thinking about personal problems. It allows you to treat yourself as you treat others.
When you sit in your new virtual body, facing Sigmund Freud, you are asked to tell him about a problem. Sometime after you have emptied your heart, the virtual environment fades to black, before you once again are placed in a body, but this on the other side of the room. You are now Dr. Sigmund Freud and your patient, who looks remarkably like you, starts talking. You hear a recording of what you just said minutes ago, but you get to view your statement in a ‘new dress’: a 3D model of yourself is saying it, while you are virtually embodied elsewhere. You get to view yourself from outside, instead of taking the role as yourself, take the role as your own psychologist in VR.
Dymphna, patron saint of mental illness, fled from her “mad king” father to Geel, Belgium. She founded an sanctuary for the mentally ill. After her death, the afflicted continued to flock to Geel. Citizens began boarding and caring for them in their homes, a tradition that continues today.
A new type of hallucination has been identified by a team at the University of Derby: an ‘inverted hallucination’ is one where you can’t see something that is really there.
National parks save an estimated $6 trillion globally in mental health treatment.
The world’s first mental health hospital was built in Baghdad, Iraq in 705 AD. While mental health patients were being condemned, punished, and even burned in Europe, 8th and 9th century mental health patients in Iraq, Egypt, and Syria were given more proper hospitalization and treatment.
64% of Americans believe schizophrenia involves a split personality. A person with schizophrenia doesn’t have two different personalities. Instead, he has false ideas/delusions or has lost touch with reality. Multiple personality disorder is unrelated.
An increasing number of schools and companies in Japan encourage their students and employees to cry as a way of relieving stress and improving mental health. There are also people who are called “namida sensei” meaning “tears teacher”.
People who refer to themselves by name during inner monologues are calmer, less stressed and more confident than those who use “I” or “me” according to a research done by Michigan State University.
Vitamin D deficiency is linked with many health disorders, including depression. In a survey of almost 8,000 US residents, it was found that those with lower vitamin D levels “are at a significantly higher risk of showing depression”.
PhD students display twice as many symptoms of psychiatric disorders such as depression than other people.