Virtual reality creator hopes to treat anxiety attacks

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“New methods for treating anxiety, trauma and mental illness are emerging at the intersection of games and therapy.

Deep, a virtual reality game developed for the Oculus Rift, has set out to do just that. It’s based on the same sort of deep breathing exercises that many anxiety sufferers—and meditation/yoga enthusiasts—are already familiar with, coupled with immersive visuals and audio that make you feel like you’re suspended in a dreamy, underwater world.

A belt secured around your body senses when you inhale and exhale, causing you to “rise” and “fall” rhythmically within the water as you explore a “zen garden” of coral and colored lights.”

BY LAURA HUDSON at Boingboing.net

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