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VR for Mental Health

Published May 7, 2022

VR for Mental Health

“The incredible thing about the technology is that you feel like you're actually present in another place with other people.” 


VR or known as Virtual reality technology, is the creation of a simulated environment that can be explored in 360 degrees using computer technology. In contrast to traditional interfaces, virtual reality immerses the user in the virtual environment.

A VR headset, such as the ones available for loan at OISE Library, is utilized to create this sense of presence. Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Google Daydream View, and Google Cardboard are some more famous VR headsets. These headsets block out the outside world and give each eye video, allowing for greater depth of view. After that, head and body tracking are used to connect the virtual environment to what the user is seeing.


VR from the point of view of millions might be related only to gamers and gaming.

On the contrary , Being able to influence events in a virtual world, especially under the supervision of a therapist, has a lot of therapeutic potential.


The most effective therapy interventions assist people in changing how they think, react, and behave in the situations that they find most difficult. This could range from boarding a crowded bus to attending a social gathering to simply leaving the house.


When we're in the same physical or mental condition as when the memory was formed, we remember it better. State dependent learning is the term for this type of learning. So, if we want someone to remember a technique that will help them lessen their anxiety while grocery shopping, we should take them to a store during the therapy session to train and practice the technique.


Because of issues such as cost and time, active "in-situ" coaching is unusual in mental health treatments. This is where virtual reality can help.


VR has proven results in creating a virtual coach and practicing with him/her different techniques to overcome mental issues.


To sum up, Virtual Reality has been a great convention in the last years, not only on gaming and experiencing new worlds, but also in therapy and providing mental health issues a hope in recovery and facing life in a comfortable way.

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