The Use of Interventions Based on Virtual Reality in the Treatment of Anxiety


Authors : Ramagiri Nivas; Komuravelli Vasanth; Sheikh Owais Aaman

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 1 - January

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7549527

With the development of virtual reality (VR) technology has come the advent of virtual reality (VR) therapy for anxiety disorders. Because it is more effective than waitlist therapy and has an efficacy that is comparable to that of in vivo exposure therapy, virtual reality therapy can be considered a viable psychological intervention. Those individuals who are less likely to participate in face-to-face therapy, as well as those with mild-to-moderate and/or subclinical levels of anxiety who may not reach the threshold for clinical referral, may benefit from the accessibility offered by virtual reality therapy. This can encourage them to seek help from a professional. The purpose of this special issue was to gain an understanding of the benefits and limitations of VR therapy in terms of alleviating the symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety is caused by the perception of an impending danger. The symptoms of anxiety include "muscle tension and vigilance in preparation for future danger and cautious avoidance behaviour". Anxiety can also manifest as a physical sensation in the body. Anxiety consists of both a mental component, such as the fear that the worstcase scenario will occur, and a physiological component, such as increased arousal, sweating, and the feeling that one might pass out. Understanding the theoretical significance of virtual reality therapy for clinical and subclinical levels of anxiety, the efficacy of virtual reality therapy for reducing anxiety, the mechanisms of response to virtual reality therapy for reducing anxiety, and the technological limits of VR therapy were the goals of this special issue.

Keywords : Attention Training, Presence, Cybersickness, Relaxation, Pain.

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