Virtual reality (VR) is an experience taking place within simulated and immersive environments that can be similar to or completely different from the real world. While VR has been typically thought about as a form of entrainment, a means to escape the real world and enter into a different reality, scientists and researchers are now using VR as a tool to help diagnose and treat disease. In particular, VR has been reported to help with mental health disorders like PTSD and anxiety, and on Episode 35 we discuss this, and talk about the ways VR might be the next big thing in the mental health movement.
Topics Discussed on Episode 35:
- What is virtual reality?
- What is the history of VR’s use in medicine?
- How has VR been used in the field of mental health?
- What are some examples of diseases VR can help with?
- Studies that show benefit in helping diagnose disease using VR.