COVID-19 has been a challenging period in which humans have been dealing with isolation, remote work, social distancing and various changes in behaviors and environments. All of these have affected and challenged various mental illnesses: anxiety, stress and depression. VR is a tool to address mental health care during and following the COVID-19 crisis.
For years now, virtual reality has been used to treat many psychological disorders and mental illnesses. In psychological treatment, individuals can learn to manage anxiety by being exposed to immersive content designed to reduce fear and simulating stressful scenarios in therapeutic environments. That’s what we call exposure therapy. This method is used for anxiety troubles and post-traumatic stress disorder.
How do we steer the medical industry into adopting immersive technology as the new normal in patient treatment? During the VR/AR for Mental Healthcare session, leading researchers will present their scientific works. Practitioners and patients will give talks to have a clear understanding of the benefits of using immersive technology to address mental health care during and following the Covid-19 Crisis.
Mental Healthcare During and Following the COVID-19 Crisis Topics:
MIND-VR Virtual Reality for Psychological Support of Healthcare Workers during the COVID-19 crisis Federica Pallavicini
Virtual Reality and PTSD: From Combat to Covid Skip Rizzo
PTSD Exposure Therapy in VR Veronica Yip