INF.103, WK5,AS1, TARASHA HICKSON-SMITH VIRTUAL REALITY RESEARCH

INF.103, WK5,AS1, TARASHA HICKSON-SMITH VIRTUAL REALITY RESEARCH

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Running Head: VIRTUAL REALITY THERAPY VIRTUAL REALITY THERAPY and THE FUTURE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY Tarasha Hickson-Smith INF. 103 Computer Literacy Professor Valarie Schroeder June 23, 2011
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VIRTUAL REALITY THERAPY 2 VIRTUAL REALITY THERAPY THE FUTURE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY The human mind is something of a mystical wonder. It is the essence of our unique existence, but yet the distinguishing factor of weather one is mentally healthy, mentally ill, mentally sound or mentally disturbed that determines one’s capability to be fully functional as a living being. Therefore psychotherapeutics is a necessary branch or tool that can be used to enhance the analysis or treatment of many disorders and diseases that hinder normal human performance through mental adjustments and evaluations. The futuristic model of psychotherapeutics that is being considered by many across the globe is virtual reality therapy. Essentially virtual reality therapy (VRT) is a computer program that uses sensory immersion to place the patient into a simulated real life experience (called a virtual world), which may include a series of artificially created environments. VRT has different levels of immersion to assist the patient with adjusting to the therapy, they include; desktop level, partial immersion, augmented immersion, and complex or complete immersion. Each level can be used for different methods of enhanced treatment of the patient. The different types of VRT are as follows; pain distraction therapy, for such patients experiencing difficulty with coping with pain tolerance (i.e. chemotherapy patients); virtual reality exposure therapy, for those experiencing trauma, or fear (i.e. PTSD patients of armed forces, phobia patients); rehabilitation therapy, for recovering drug addicts, or physical therapy patients; desensitization therapy, ect. Further documentation will show the results of VRT being an incredible improvement to the medical world of advancements. Because healing begins in the mind the virtual reality therapy approach is a natural addition that the body should welcome openly, without the negative
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VIRTUAL REALITY THERAPY 3 side effects that certain medications and treatment have impose. By introducing VR therapy into the many clinical settings, as well as non-clinical settings for the assessment and treatment of various disorders could be the answer to many diagnoses to increase the health and wellbeing of those that had no other alternative for healing (David, Lupu, & Cristea, 2007). Types of VRT Past and Present According to history in the 1970’s researchers discovered a natural healing function of the brain they call this study P SYCHONEUROIMMUNOLOGY . I T IS SAID THAT THE BRAIN S CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM COMMUNICATES WITH THE BODY AND SENDS MESSAGES TO THE IMMUNE SYSTEM ; THIS IS USED IN MIND - BODY THERAPIES TO COMPLEMENT CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENTS TO PROMOTE HEALING IN THE BODY . According to Virtual Medicine, “
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INF.103, WK5,AS1, TARASHA HICKSON-SMITH VIRTUAL REALITY RESEARCH

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