Afternoon! I’ve been really enjoying discovering and blogging about technological advances in health – so much so that I would really like to pursue an internship in this field, but I’ve only found ones in Southern California so far…. I’ll keep looking. (There is a masters degree in Digital Healthcare at Warwick which looks interesting though!) But anyway my point was going to be that I’ve been talking about these products to friends and family and they’ve told me about what they’ve heard about. This week my boyfriend heard on the radio a discussion about using virtual reality in therapy. He knew I’d be interested and repeated the gist of it to me and now I’ve gone off to investigate it.
As usual, I have a video to show you.
It’s hard to imagine the effects of PTSD on your everyday life but it sounds horrific to try and live with. Being able to deal with those real life events in a safe way is surely a brilliant way of combatting it (for some people at least). There’s scope to use this for suffers of abuse – sexual or physical.
A university in Auckland has developed a computer game to help depression in young people. Have a little look at this video:
Isn’t this great? Both of these videos show how we’re using technology in an innovative way to engage and help those individuals for whom traditional counselling just isn’t right for. As the people these techniques are targeted at have mostly grown up surrounded by digital technologies, many of them would identify more with using these virtual therapies than they may with discussing personal issues with a relative stranger.
Personally, I think I’d prefer talking to my counsellor than using a game version, but that’s because I’m not a big gamer and already feel I spend too long on the computer. I’m not really the target audience in that respect but I still think its a fantastic development.