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Virtual Reality devices can help people cope with severe anxiety

There is no ending to the list of wonders of modern technology. Just about a few weeks ago, we came to know about the Artificial Intelligence device that could sense cardiac arrest in individuals. Following from that we now have another similar discovery, in the form of Virtual Reality equipment designed to treat symptoms of anxiety.

While AI and VR are two separate entities of technology, nonetheless, both have proven to be medically beneficial.

The introduction of the Virtual Reality program will allow people with anxiety to undergo meditation. In more simpler terms, it can be considered as a viable alternative to all other methods told by your therapist.

Either way, the initial trials have received positive feedbacks. The technology has been validated by a number of neuropsychiatrists from all over the US, who feel that it can really change how we perceive therapeutic activities.

This special Virtual Reality device has been designed by the company: Oculus Go. The expected launching date is currently unknown, but we can expect official market proceedings to start next month.

How does Virtual Reality help with anxiety?

The device is basically designed to help people with anxiety to meditate when they are not able to do otherwise. If you are somewhat familiar with Virtual Reality technology, you would know that it can ‘virtually’ create scenarios.

For example, a rainforest or by the shore where the user feels being there in reality. The device henceforth, allows the individual to choose a range of real-world situations which they feel best. In addition, there is also a list of music to create a more soothing and relaxing environment.

When the VR technology underwent trials, the participants were exposed to different selections. The choices could be made from sitting on top of a mountain to overlooking a waterfall. At the same time, music playlists had the sound of sea-waves, bird-chirping or Beethoven classics.

Once the trial ended, the volunteers reported feeling utterly pleasant and calm. The effects extended for several hours which in turn helped the participants lead their day routine peacefully. According to most, the device helped them meditate as they have never experienced before.

VR Meditation or Normal Meditation?

Perhaps you might have wondered this entire time how VR meditation might be different form regular meditation. For some very obvious justifications, there are reasons to support the former over the latter.

People with general anxiety disorder often find it difficult to clear their headspace and experience meditation. Overthinking coupled with piling stress makes the entire task too arduous in its undertaking. As a result, it becomes a lot necessary to look for alternatives to regular mediation.

Thankfully to our cause, virtual reality meditation has something to offer. It engages with the senses in a very holistic manner providing the much-needed relief, when all that is required is a depiction of a peaceful, calming situation.

Studies have shown that spending time with nature can in fact be a lot relaxing for the mind. So, when you can not do that by being physically there, the VR device allows you to fulfill the purpose.

Whether this technology will continue to be beneficial in the long run remains yet to see. Suffice to argue, that it can be of great help for people with anxiety.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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