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    virtual reality and agoraphobia

    Hi,
    I keep hearing information about the use of VR in treating phobias, namely agoraphobia.
    I just wondered if anyone has had any experience of this- either trying it at home with google cardboard, occulus etc, or maybe even in a professional environment?
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    Re: virtual reality and agoraphobia

    Oh wow, No I haven't heard of this, I know they use it for some combat vets who suffer from PTSD, hmmm wonder if it would work for phobias. Will have to research it and see.
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    Re: virtual reality and agoraphobia

    Part of me says, we'd know we were in our houses and that it wasn't real, but then again, that might be a good thing, because we'd associate the walk with the calmness we feel at home.

    I'd be interested in trying it

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    Re: virtual reality and agoraphobia

    Quote Originally Posted by mark84 View Post
    Hi,
    I keep hearing information about the use of VR in treating phobias, namely agoraphobia.
    I just wondered if anyone has had any experience of this- either trying it at home with google cardboard, occulus etc, or maybe even in a professional environment?
    I' suffer from agoraphobia and I'd be interested in this approach too but I don't know where you would get it in the UK (probably not on the NHS, I'm guessing but I could be wrong).

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    Re: virtual reality and agoraphobia

    I saw an act on AGT that utilized that technology. Very interesting.

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    Re: virtual reality and agoraphobia

    Quote Originally Posted by Pixelated View Post
    Part of me says, we'd know we were in our houses and that it wasn't real
    You'd think, but VR is extremely convincing. Because of the way it works, you feel immersed because of the sense of scale. In some respects it can be pretty intimidating because your brain just accepts that what you're seeing is real.

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