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The use of augmented and virtual reality is a relatively fresh development in escapism. When a patient uses AR or VR, they can enter a different world when they put on a headset and escape to a place where they feel comfortable and relaxed.
Fremont, CA: Individuals struggling with mental health issues and stress need to separate the mind for a while to maintain good mental health. For some, that escape is sports (watching and/or participating in them). For others, it is art, prescription medicines and even psychedelic drugs are being tested more frequently as a kind of depression and anxiety treatment.
Being able to transcend whatever is causing mental issues is also being successfully tried in the area of virtual reality and augmented reality. Many people refer to exposure treatment as part of integrated health, and it used to signify therapy focusing around low 'doses' of whatever a patient perceives as a threat, gradually increasing until the fear subsides.
With augmented realities, programmers can play the role of therapists by creating virtual environments in which people can be exposed to very small doses of the
issues that are causing their post-traumatic stress and then gradually be exposed to more until their mindset convinces them that their fears are unfounded.
The VR possibilities for this form of treatment allow for very slight increases in the intensities of the surroundings, which is critical for people with PTSD in particular. VR also makes it easier to assess therapeutic success rates because it can track stress levels in patients undergoing treatment.
Even though VR is more expensive than other interactive experiences, it is significantly less expensive than constructing a controlled environment, and with the appropriate coder, the possibilities are virtually unlimited. The upfront costs of making VR treatments a regular occurrence are high, but if it proves to be a popular treatment option, the machines will only require a programmer to create an infinite number of scenarios to assist patients with their mental health issues, saving a significant amount of money in the long run.
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