Tag Archives: virtual reality exposure therapy

Virtual reality ‘could help treat vertigo’ (incl. video)

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“Virtual reality could be used to diagnose and treat visual vertigo, according to a team of Cardiff University psychologists.

People with the condition suffer from dizziness and nausea and often cite places with repetitive visual patterns, such as supermarkets, as the trigger.

A team of psychologists is working to develop virtual environments to help with diagnosis and rehabilitation.”

By Max Evans at BBC News

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-38715719

Virtual Reality Helps Teens with Social Anxiety (video)

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“Virtual reality is proving to be a viable solution to easing the social anxiety teens with ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome encounter daily.

These teens go through tremendous difficulty developing the social skills to interact with peers and adults in what most consider normal social situations.

The Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas has been successfully improving these teens social anxiety via VR sessions, helping them to make friends and communicate openly.”

Blog by Raphael Konforti at VR Fitness Insider

News report by NBC News Today

Read more: http://www.vrfitnessinsider.com/vr-helps-teens-social-anxiety/

Virtual Reality Helps Veterans with PTSD (incl. video)

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“Veterans and active duty military members are using virtual reality to relive the worst moments of their life in an innovative counseling program being offered for free at the University of Central Florida’s PTSD Clinic.

“It’s a very intense program but the advantage is that we can really take care of this disorder and treat this disorder thoroughly and effectively in a short period of time,” said Dr. Deborah Beidel, the founder of UCF Restores, a program that uses a combination of counseling and exposure therapy to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Iraq War veteran Bruce Chambers was one of the first patients to go through the therapy.”

By Dana Jay at WOFL FOX 35

Read more: http://www.fox35orlando.com/news/local-news/217037965-story

Don’t like spiders or snakes? Clinic says virtual reality can defeat real fears (incl. video)

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“Scenarios involving spiders – so many spiders, crawling all over you – heights, public transport and crowds are being tested or are already available to download and use … at Australia’s first specialist, virtual-reality phobia treatment clinic, which recently opened in Sydney.

Meanwhile a large number of research groups are investigating potential uses for the new technology.

A London-based project for example is exploring using train-station simulations to treat social anxiety. The simulated patrons can even be programmed to turn and stare at the user – helpful for treating paranoia.”

By Liam Mannix at The Sydney Morning Herald

Image: Ignis VR

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/clinic-makes-real-life-less-scary-by-letting-you-face-fears-in-virtual-reality-20161107-gsjrj3.html

Can Virtual Reality Unlock The Cure To PTSD? (inc. video)

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“At USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies Albert “Skip” Rizzo and his team are using virtual reality — a technology in the midst of booming growth — to help combat veterans fully process and recover from PTSD.

In Rizzo’s “Bravemind” program, patients revisit painful memories in a VR setting, under the care of a trained therapist. This sense memory allows them to access the memory clearly and, in doing so, to fully process it.

It’s a revolutionary type of exposure therapy that has so far netted promising results.”

BY STEVE BRAMUCCI at Uproxx.com

Read more: http://uproxx.com/life/bravemind-virtual-reality/

Virtual reality for PTSD (incl. video)

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“Members of the military, first-responders and police officers may be more likely than most to struggle with PTSD. Now researchers are testing a new therapy designed to speed recovery.

JoAnn Difede, Ph.D., director of the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian is developing a type of exposure therapy using virtual reality.

“The idea of the treatment is to teach the person, their brain, if you will, that those cues aren’t scary anymore. Nothing bad is going to happen,” explained Difede.”

By KSAT/Ivanhoe Newswire

Read more: http://www.ksat.com/health/virtual-reality-for-ptsd

The incredible future of VR isn’t video games or movies—it’s medicine (video)

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“An Argentinian psychologist named Fernando Tarnogol, has created a software platform called Phobos that uses VR to treat extreme fears and anxieties like acrophobia (fear of heights) and arachnophobia (fear of spiders) by mimicking the triggering conditions in a safe, controlled virtual environment.

Tarnogol hopes that in the future, people with a wide range of anxieties and phobias will use VR as a safe, low-cost supplement to traditional exposure therapy.”

Image, text and video by Cara Santa Maria for Fusion.net

Read more: http://fusion.net/video/278579/real-future-episode-10-doctor-vr/

USE VIRTUAL REALITY TO OVERCOME YOUR FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

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“A new Android app for Google Cardboard aims to help you get over your fears by putting you in front of a virtual audience

Public Speaking for Cardboard lets you choose between two locations — a small conference room and a large auditorium — with animated audience members and ambient noise to simulate the experience of speaking on stage.”

By 3D VR Central

Image: Virtual Speech

Read more: http://3dvrcentral.com/2016/02/08/use-virtual-reality-to-overcome-your-fear-of-public-speaking/

Uses of Virtual Reality Beyond Gaming Includes Therapy

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“Facebook creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is setting his sights far beyond [use of VR for] immersive, first-person shooter video games.

After games, we’re going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences,” Zuckerberg [has] said. “Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home.”

For years scientists and engineers have been exploring the possibilities of using virtual reality technology outside the gaming world, from PTSD therapy for soldiers to controlling robot avatars.”

Live Science brings you five possibilities:

1. Therapy for amputees and stroke victims
2. Controlling Robots on Mars
3. Seeing inside the body
4. Treatment for PTSD
5. Military training

By Megan Gannon at Live Science

Read more: http://www.livescience.com/44384-oculus-rift-virtual-reality-uses-beyond-gaming.html?li_source=LI&li_medium=most-popular

Virtual Reality Being Used To Help People Conquer Real World Fears (video)

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“Overcoming phobias when people have extreme reactions, to things like snakes or speaking in public. Virtual reality is now being used to help people conquer real world fears.

Dr. Skip Rizzo, of the Institute for Creative Technologies, uses virtual reality to treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“We can put people back in these simulations and help them to confront and process very difficult emotional memories,” Dr. Rizzo said.”

By Stephanie Stahl at CBS3

Read more: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/01/08/health-virtual-reality-being-used-to-help-people-conquer-real-world-fears/