Confronting fears through Virtual Reality

Confronting fears through Virtual Reality

Timothy Porter

Timothy Porter

Los Angeles, California

Using Virtual Reality a user will confront fears. Through 4 levels of therapy the individual will learn to manage phobias.

Game Development, Android, Internet of Things

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Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT) treats anxiety disorders as well as being one of the primary treatments for PTSD. Virtual Reality allows the immersion of an individual into an environment that would otherwise be unsafe, unwise, or impractical for treatment. We follow a mixed method of therapy including graded-exposure and flooding. Thus our method allows the user to gradually increase the level of immersion while including the ability to escape to a more serene environment at a click. Creating a more effective treatment protocol with safeguards. This style of treatment was first documented in the early 1990s having several studies showing a success rate of 70-90%. While technology at the time was either too costly or inaccessible the newest generation of commercially available and affordable virtual reality gear allows for VRT to be a treatment method that can be accessed by a world wide audience. Headsets can be provided to those more vulnerable populations that can not afford access to medical professionals or access is limited. Some examples could be treating homeless populations, prison inmates, and even third world countries. VRT truly is the solution to treating the world's mental health issues.

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Confronting fears through Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT) treats anxiety disorders as well as being one of the primary treatments for PTSD. Virtual Reality allows the immersion of an individual into an environment that would otherwise be unsafe, unwise, or impractical for treatment. We follow a mixed method of therapy including graded-exposure and flooding. Thus our method allows the user to gradually increase the level of immersion while including the ability to escape to a more serene environment at a click. Creating a more effective treatment protocol with safeguards. This style of treatment was first documented in the early 1990s having several studies showing a success rate of 70-90%. While technology at the time was either too costly or inaccessible the newest generation of commercially available and affordable virtual reality gear allows for VRT to be a treatment method that can be accessed by a world wide audience. Headsets can be provided to those more vulnerable populations that can not afford access to medical professionals or access is limited. Some examples could be treating homeless populations, prison inmates, and even third world countries. VRT truly is the solution to treating the world's mental health issues.

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