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Mental Health Technology
Correctional
Medical
Care
Week Three:
Virtual Reality
A note from Correctional Medical Care:
For the past few weeks on CorrectionalMedicalCare.net, we’ve
decided to use this pl...
Virtual Reality Today
Stepping further and further into the future, virtual
reality is the latest and greatest in gaming
t...
The potential for a technology like virtual reality is nearly
limitless as long as there are those who desire to expand
an...
Is VR Safer?
Though the therapy does have its own risks associated,
virtually exposing patients to the trigger can elimina...
Virtual Reality to Consumers
With the aforementioned Oculus Rift and Samsung’s
Gear VR becoming readily available to the p...
The Safety of VR Continued
A patient who is in the process of seeing a mental health
professional is able to–either indepe...
VR and PTSD, and Beyond
And the uses for VR–even those that have been
experimented with in the past, before the technology...
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Correctional Medical Care's Mental Health Tech Week III

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Virtual Reality is becoming a reality today. And it's not just for gaming anymore. VR is now being experimented with to help treat mental illness.

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Correctional Medical Care's Mental Health Tech Week III

  1. 1. Mental Health Technology Correctional Medical Care Week Three: Virtual Reality
  2. 2. A note from Correctional Medical Care: For the past few weeks on CorrectionalMedicalCare.net, we’ve decided to use this platform to outline and highlight recent and ever­ evolving methods of mental health care. The topic of technological advancements can polarize an audience; some believe that with each step forward technology takes comes a coinciding step forward for mankind. Others believe that we’ve become too reliant on technology, citing our seeming dependence on smartphones, television and tablet computers.  To view our blog posts, visit CorrectionalMedicalCare.net
  3. 3. Virtual Reality Today Stepping further and further into the future, virtual reality is the latest and greatest in gaming technology. Allowing users to fully immerse themselves into a new world of action, adventure, sports or horror games, virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift are quickly becoming a reality. 
  4. 4. The potential for a technology like virtual reality is nearly limitless as long as there are those who desire to expand and explore the possibilities. Psychologists have been using virtual exposure therapy for years to help patients overcome a fear or phobia. Exposure therapy is often used to treat those with Post­Traumatic Stress Disorder, and has yielded positive results.  Virtual Reality Outside of Gaming
  5. 5. Is VR Safer? Though the therapy does have its own risks associated, virtually exposing patients to the trigger can eliminate a good portion of those at the drop of a hat. And while it has been used in the past, virtual reality has not been an inexpensive treatment option before now. 
  6. 6. Virtual Reality to Consumers With the aforementioned Oculus Rift and Samsung’s Gear VR becoming readily available to the public at much lower costs than previously, the potential for virtual reality treatments for those with mental health disorders becomes all the more easily accessible.
  7. 7. The Safety of VR Continued A patient who is in the process of seeing a mental health professional is able to–either independently or through guidance–identify the triggers and causes of anxiety, stress or PTSD. From there, the virtual reality treatment becomes a possibility, often one that is more easily accepted by the patient than typical exposure therapy. Not only does VR offer the ability to more safely expose someone to their triggers (such as an airplane flight or spider), it is done at the leisure of the patient and can be canceled at any time. The same cannot be said for getting aboard a cross­country flight.
  8. 8. VR and PTSD, and Beyond And the uses for VR–even those that have been experimented with in the past, before the technology was as readily­available–extend beyond just phobias and PTSD. Past virtual reality therapy methods have been used to treat attention deficit disorder in children, sexual health disorders in men, brain injuries, stroke, dementia, and schizophrenia, among others. This wide array of potential disorders that can be treated with virtual reality is only the beginning; as the technology becomes more widespread and accessible to mental health professionals new means of utilizing it are bound to seep through the woodwork and into practice.

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