Mental health has become an important debate in today’s age. It is because many people do not have the right facility or awareness to take care of their mental health. However, with more people and authorities paying attention to mental health, there are more treatments to help patients get rid of mental diseases, such as depression. Can virtual reality help with depression? One of the most unexplored areas of treatment for mental health is virtual reality (VR). Did you know that since the late 90’s mental health professionals have been using virtual reality to treat depression and other disorders? Yes, you read that right.
Now that the healthcare industry has become more advanced, VR may even dominate the health industry.
VR in treatments
In the US, approximately 17.3 million adults suffer from a depressive episode. When it comes to the treatment for depression, it all revolves around controlling those negative emotions. VR is a good way to help your mind get distracted from those negative thoughts as it allows the brain to shift its focus to light, fun, and relaxing things.
However, when it comes to VR, they do not work alone as a treatment. They work in tandem with other clinical treatments to get a positive result.
Since VR does not work alone to provide relief to depressive patients, it helps in curbing negative thoughts and boost positive ones. Existing VR treatments have shown positive results by engaging patients in fun activities like VR gardening or interacting with pets, which are all relaxing, fun, and therapeutic.
The future and conclusion
Lancet Commission estimated that mental disorders could cost the world about $16 trillion by 2030; hence VR solutions may rise to popularity to offer solutions. If you want to know more about VR technology, you are free to contact us, as we have vast experience of dealing with virtual reality tools, and we will guide you on every step for understanding.