Using virtual reality for cue-exposure therapy in a case of bulimia nervosa

Giuseppe Riva, Joana Pla-Sanjuanelo, Marta Ferrer-García, Ferran Vilalta-Abella, José Gutiérrez-Maldonado, Alexis Andreu-Gracia, Antonios Dakanalis, Neli Escandón-Nagel, Fernando Fernandez-Aranda, Osane Gomez-Tricio, Joan Ribas-Sabaté, Isabel Sánchez, Virgínia Tena

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This case study describes the use of a virtual reality-based cue-exposure therapy (VR-CET) for a patient diagnosed with bulimia nervosa (BN) who was resistant to standard cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). After six VR-CE booster sessions, both anxiety and food craving dropped significantly. No binging and purging episodes were reported at the end of the treatment. Patient’s mood and confidence to change were also improved. Finally, both eating symptoms and food craving were reduced at the end of the VR-CET. These results support the use of VR-CE as an effective component for the treatment of BN to reduce bulimia symptoms, body dissatisfaction and craving, especially in patients resistant to conventional treatments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-160
Number of pages6
JournalAnnual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Binge eating
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Clinical sample
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Cue-exposure therapy
  • Food craving
  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Virtual reality


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