We review some platforms, research and virtual reality tools that are helping mental health professionals.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 25% of the world’s population will suffer a mental or neurological disorder throughout their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from any of these conditions. This places this type of disorders as one of the main causes of poor health and disability.
There are already many hospitals where virtual reality therapies have already been introduced. This technology is being used mainly to reduce the sensation of pain and anxiety in certain types of patients. It is also used in pediatrics, for the management of fear, decreasing the anxiolytic medication in some cases.
The research carried out on the use of virtual reality for chronic and phantom pain, in paraplegic patients or with amputated limbs, has also been positive.
Another application in which virtual reality can contribute to health is in neurology, in the treatment and diagnosis of psychological diseases, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
As noted in Forbes, studies have already shown that VR can alleviate certain phobias, treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), help people with psychotic disorders experience less paranoia and anxiety in public settings, and reduce anxiety Social.
PTSD affects millions of people around the world and is reflected in symptoms ranging from insomnia to personality changes. It is believed that VR is positive in exposure therapies (repeatedly exposing patients to the traumatic events that trigger the conditions until they disappear).
The Bravemind treatment system has been used successfully in war veterans with PTSD. This system was made by the research professor Dr. Albert Rizzo of the ICT of the University of Southern California, in collaboration with the US Army.
Bravemind has been part of psychotherapy treatments to help veterans overcome their war traumas and reduce their panic attacks.
In the field of phobias and anxiety disorders, virtual reality technologies are also being used.
Limbix is a platform that offers a ready kit for mental health treatments. Patients can face their fears, relax or have conversations in quiet virtual environments.
Your kit with virtual reality viewer does not require cables or internet, it is turned on and ready.
Another VR tool for mental health professionals is Psious, which helps psychologists and therapists around the world to perform faster and more effective therapies. The platform contains all kinds of virtual and augmented reality resources, such as animated environments and 360º videos. These tools are intended for the treatment of phobias, fears and anxiety disorders, for attention or for relaxation.
Companies like Mimerse have developed therapeutic applications with VR. Among its products we find immersive experiences of relaxation and meditation, or treatment of phobias such as fear of speaking in public or flying.
Mimerse together with Samsung have created a virtual reality application to overcome fears to spiders.