PHOBOS: Anxiety Management Through Virtual Reality
Psychological management and therapy has been advancing by leaps and bounds in the world, all over. PHOBOS is one such program that focuses on managing clinically diagnosed anxiety through virtual reality platforms.
PHOBOS is an initiative by PsyTech who are in their own words “a software startup that offers anxiety and phobia management solutions for individuals, professionals and organizations.” The main goal for developing PHOBOS was to help further treatment for patients with agoraphobia, a few social anxiety disorders and targeted phobias. PsyTech are trying their best to gain funds for this program; enough to launch the demo across the Oculus Rift DK2 set. The development team behind this demo has claimed that it will be ready for its first look very soon and may quite possibly be released next week. This demo will be compatible with the latest version of Oculus Rift’s virtual reality headset.
The demo has already been submitted to the Oculus Share portal, where viewers can experience the latest in the world of virtual reality. This demo is currently being professionally evaluated by experts and the PsyTech team is hoping that it will go live sometime around next week. Once the demo is approved for all audiences in its authenticity, it will also be uploaded to PHOBOS’ official website.
The team behind PHOBOS has taken a huge step forward in progressing towards a new world by combining two major issues: the advent of psychological management of a clinical disorder as well as the growth potential to reach millions being offered by virtual reality.
As mentioned before, PHOBOS has been developed to help patients with clinical anxiety receive psychological help through a virtual reality program. The program has been constructed clearly keeping in mind the principles and protocols stated by Cognitive Behavior Therapy. PHOBOS will give the patients an opportunity to experience a gradually graded exposure to fearful stimuli. This virtual world of 3-D therapy is completely interactive and patients are not exposed to stimuli that they are unable to handle in their current state. For people with agoraphobia, the program has added a feature that depicts a very realistic crowd of people as exposure stimulus. For those with social anxiety disorders, the development team behind PHOBOS has introduced a simulation that shows social group dynamics in everyday life. Patients are asked to carry out tasks specifically targeted to help manage their fear.
This amazing enterprise will run its campaign till the first week of December 2014, after which the Alpha version of the demo will hopefully be launched. Virtual Reality Times will keep updating you about the latest news and ventures undertaken by PHOBOS and PsyTech.