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Virtual Rx: how Oculus Rift could revolutionize mental health: Phobias, PTSD, Cravings, etc. Oculus Rift, recently acquired by Facebook, can now revolutionize learning and therapy for varied disorders. Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT) can now be simply and inexpensively implemented. It works in different ways — but the therapy is typically designed to mimic reallife
scenarios that a patient struggles with. For war-related PTSD, patients use it to re-live combat situations, in an effort to assuage
fearful associations linked to traumatic memories. For addiction, patients are confronted with triggers (a bar or a cigarette, for
example) in an effort to cultivate and master their resistance strategies for cravings. And it can recondition phobics to master fears of driving, flying, etc. by allowing them to overcome their anxiety when given steadily increasing doses.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, this new app. has tremendous learning and therapeutic possibilities, a few mentioned above and others within the releases.
About Harold Levinson, M.D.
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit http://www.dyslexiaonline.com.