How Virtual Reality is Being Used to Treat Mental Health Issues

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From Financial Times: “So far, clinicians have most commonly used VR for exposure therapy — for example, putting a person with a fear of heights on the edge of a tall building — or for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans. It is also sometimes used to distract patients — often children — who are in pain or about to go under anaesthetic.

Patrick Bordnick, a professor at Tulane University, has been looking into how to use VR to treat addiction. He says several studies have shown that VR can induce cravings in patients so that therapists can work with them to identify these triggers and prepare them for when the situation arises in reality. ‘Is it just being in the bar? Is it the clinking of the glasses or seeing other people drink?’ he asks.”

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