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Advances in Virtual Reality and Anxiety Disorders

  • Brenda K. Wiederhold
  • Stéphane Bouchard

Part of the Series in Anxiety and Related Disorders book series (SARD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. General Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Brenda K. Wiederhold, Stéphane Bouchard
      Pages 3-7
    3. Brenda K. Wiederhold, Stéphane Bouchard
      Pages 9-33
    4. Brenda K. Wiederhold, Stéphane Bouchard
      Pages 35-62
  3. Anxiety Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Brenda K. Wiederhold, Stéphane Bouchard
      Pages 145-162
    3. Brenda K. Wiederhold, Stéphane Bouchard
      Pages 187-209
    4. Brenda K. Wiederhold, Stéphane Bouchard
      Pages 211-233
  4. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. Brenda K. Wiederhold, Stéphane Bouchard
      Pages 261-264
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 285-287

About this book

Introduction

The interactive computer-generated world of virtual reality has been successful in treat­ing phobias and other anxiety-related conditions, in part because of its distinct advan­tages over traditional in vivo exposure. Yet many clinicians still think of VR technology as it was in the 1990s–bulky, costly, technically difficult–with little knowledge of its evolution toward more modern, evidence-based, practice-friendly treatment.

These updates, and their clinical usefulness, are the subject of Advances in Virtual Re­ality and Anxiety Disorders, a timely guidebook geared toward integrating up-to-date VR methods into everyday practice. Introductory material covers key virtual reality concepts, provides a brief history of VR as used in therapy for anxiety disorders, ad­dresses the concept of presence, and explains the side effects, known as cybersickness, that affect a small percentage of clients. Chapters in the book's main section detail current techniques and review study findings for using VR in the treatment of:

·                     Claustrophobia.

·                     Panic disorder, agoraphobia, and driving phobia.

·                     Acrophobia and aviophobia.

·                     Arachnophobia.

·                     Social phobia.

·                     Generalized anxiety disorder and OCD.

·                     PTSD.

·                     Plus clinical guidelines for establishing a VR clinic.

 An in-depth framework for effective (and cost-effective) therapeutic innovations for entrenched problems, Advances in Virtual Reality and Anxiety Disorders will find an engaged audience among psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and mental health counselors.eractive computer-generated world of virtual reality has been successful in treating phobias and other anxiety-related conditions, in part because of its distinct advantages over traditional in vivo exposure. Yet many clinicians still think of VR technology as it was in the 1990s–bulky, costly, technically difficult–with little knowledge of its evolution toward more modern, evidence-based, practice-friendly treatment.

Keywords

InterReality acrophobia agoraphobia animal phobia anxiety disorders arachnophobia aviophobia claustrophobia development of a virtual environment driving phobia generalized anxiety disorder immersion in virtual reality obsessive-compulsive disorder panic disorder posttraumatic stress disorder self-focus attention sensory conflict theory simulator sickness social phobia virtual reality virtual reality clinic

Authors and affiliations

  • Brenda K. Wiederhold
    • 1
  • Stéphane Bouchard
    • 2
  1. 1.Virtual Reality Medical CenterSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Université du Québec en OutaouaisGatineauCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-8023-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-8022-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-8023-6
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