Virtual Reality Therapy

virtual reality therapyWhen it comes to video games, the last thing many people think of is how they can be beneficial and therapeutic to those who play. With the technological advances in video game design, games are taking on a new life as “virtual reality therapy.”

Psychotherapy has taken on Virtual Reality Therapy, or VRT, as a way to help people with anxiety, stress, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and there is even research into how VRT can help people with addictions. The concept is simple and is much like what is displayed in movies, a person is introduced into a virtual world through devices that encompass their senses, such as head-mounted displays for video and audio simulation as well as joysticks and other monitoring devices. The person experiences different scenarios through Virtual Reality Therapy that are tailored to their specific needs as a means to process trauma, calm their anxiety or stress or help desensitize them of their phobias. This gives the therapist and the client a safe way to cope with mental health issues and still provide solutions for afflictions that can be crippling.

While video game design continues to evolve and produce a more and more realistic gaming experience, the same technology can be used therapeutically and help people with emotional or phobic disorders gain control over their own lives again. The benefits of a virtual reality environment are still being researched, but with the progress shown by many recipients of this therapy, there is no doubt that the possibilities of treating these afflictions are growing just as fast as the technology itself.

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