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Virtual Reality May Be the Future of Psychotherapy

April 06, 2019 / Freddy Blackmon

Virtual reality isn’t just for playing video games. VR therapy is now being incorporated in clinical treatments for addiction, phobias, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Most recently, virtual reality treatment was studied as a novel way to help children in the autism spectrum overcome phobias.The publication of the study conducted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) comes during World Autism Awareness Week. Autism, sometimes called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ADS), affects a person’s ability to effectively communicate, interpret external stimuli and often involves repetitive behavior such as rocking back and forth and banging the head.The Centers for Disease Control estimate that autism affects 1 in 59 American children.The clinical study looked at the feasibility of combining virtual reality with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help autistic children overcome their fears.Autistic children often have problems with specific phobias such as ridin...