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Traditional methods for treating depression address symptoms like sadness or anxiety. Most don’t focus on anhedonia—the lack of interest or ability to feel pleasure.
 
To address this pernicious symptom, UCLA is studying the use of virtual reality in therapy. Patients experience pleasant virtual scenarios—like a sunny walk through the woods—and are trained to tune in to enjoyable details and feelings. VR is also being used to help address phobias or trauma.
 
There’s not enough data yet to support VR as a viable treatment for depression, but researchers cite positive early results. They also hope the technology evolves to be more targeted and interactive.
 
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