The term virtual reality is most often associated with computer games and a variety of simulations for pilots or soldiers, but has recently been increasingly called a means of combating depression.
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Scientists are convinced that the mood of the patient can be greatly improved if you get into a pleasant environment such as underwater swimming between coral reefs, a pleasant walk through the woods, or part of a football game that his team would win. This approach should be treated with Anhdonia, a patient losing her ability to enjoy pleasant activities, which is a common symptom of depression.
By using real effect, patients could learn to pay attention to the positive things that surround them. Experts from the University of California, Los Angeles, see two separate experiments to see if virtual reality really improves patient well-being.
Over 16 years of age, in the UK, there are some signs of depression.
The investigator is a professor Michelle CraskeDirector of anxiety and depression center. She reveals that depression is one of the major diseases affecting many people between the ages of 15 and 44. More than 16 million adults are affected every year in the United States. In the UK, several years ago, a study showed signs of depression at almost 20 percent over 16 years of age.
During the virtual reality study on patients with anhidonia, six people were put in a simulated environment that would be most enjoyable. In the course of therapy, they first visit the simulated environment. If this is a gallery, they can first see the pictures, and talk to the therapist about the vibrant colors of the pictures, about how the carriers are released, and how.
Inability to experience pleasure
Anhdonia originates from the Greek word Anhedonos, which means that it is without pleasure and describes a mental disorder in which a human part loses its ability to experience positive emotional experiences. The inability to experience pleasure gives you the risk of psychological consequences, fear and despair are increasing, many are suffering from depression or depression. Therefore, private ideas, phobias and panic appear. Interestingly, anthonia affects more women than men. One of these reasons is that the female organism is more susceptible to the development of depressive disorders, but the fluctuations in the hormonal balance of women are a major burden on women.
At the same time, brain activity is being scanned for patients to determine if functional changes occurred. The results have not yet been fully analyzed, as investigations continue, but scientists are already optimistic.
Promote positive emotions
With this approach, they want to help dozens of people suffering from anxiety and anhidonia. Of course, patients have access to virtual reality, so technology was transferred to phones so they could use it at home. Tested people are asked if they can record their thoughts, feelings and body responses while, for example, they are traveling a gondola through Venice. In total, they will have to pass 13 sessions, each of which will follow a course that will consolidate the realization that certain situations bring pleasure.
After each session, patients assess their mood and then compare them to those who are not in the virtual environment. According to the experiment, the control group can also test the effect of virtual reality.
If treatment becomes effective, it will try to adapt it to each patient individually. If they respond to a specific character, they will be more frequent. This approach is a revolutionary in that it tries to stimulate the positive emotions of the patient, instead of trying to undermine his negative feelings, such as powerlessness, anger, lack of energy.
Depression has been experienced every tenth
If we all feel each way together, something is normal, and people with depression can feel unhappy for weeks or months without stopping. Anyone can be affected regardless of age and is relatively common. Every ten of her experience at least once in her life. It is a serious state of health and people should not ignore it and cannot be ignored by it. Symptoms and effects are various, including constant state of irritation or despair. It may also have physical consequences, such as insomnia, fatigue, lack of appetite and sexual intercourse, even a feeling of physical pain. In extreme cases, it can lead to suicide. It can be triggered by traumatic events, and often occurs in certain families. It is important that a person finds medical assistance in this case, changes his lifestyle and heals himself with therapy and medicines.
"Most of the therapies that we have used so far have been helpful in reducing the symptoms of depression, but it was very bad in our attempts to make patients more positive," says Michelle Krasse.
Mental health related to the environment
Anhdonia is very difficult to cure, even if other symptoms of depression improve. Those who are not able to enjoy pleasant activities also have more and more serious mental problems. Earlier investigations have shown that therapy with virtual reality results in better results than cognitive careful therapy.
According to him, patients face problems by changing their behavior and thinking. Previously, phobias, paranoids and social distress have been treated with virtual reality.
Virtual reality is a computer-generated simulation of the environment or situation, you may have the feeling that you are climbing to the mountain while sitting in a chair.
It also helps those who are too weak to leave home. Dr. Erica Forbes University of Pittsburgh is a psychologist who does not participate in the study, but explains: "Mental health and the environment are conditioned and inseparable from virtual reality, we bring the world to patients." Investigators emphasize that they are aware that there is no application that suits everyone, so virtual reality is unlikely to benefit everyone.