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Card 72: VR for Exposure Therapy

XR can be used along with behavioral therapy to treat anxiety disorders. This involves exposing the patient to a source of anxiety (such as spiders) using an XR headset without direct exposure, helping patients overcome their anxiety or distress.


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Selected Articles of Interest

What Is Exposure Therapy?

Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy (VRGET)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. “Effective fear of heights treatment without a therapist using virtual reality, study suggests.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 March 2019.

Keywords/Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

Search PubMed:
Anxiety Disorders/*therapy [MeSH]
Implosive Therapy/*methods [MeSH]

Search Scopus:
(“Exposure therapy” AND (“augmented reality” OR “virtual reality”))

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Card 72: VR for Exposure Therapy