Anxiety: Symptoms and Treatment at VR Therapy
Anxiety sometimes has a clear connection to specific events, triggers, or situations in people's lives, while at other times it may be experienced more like a constant shadow that has followed a person around for most of their lives. Anxiety symptoms can include excessive worrying or fear, panic attacks, rapid breathing and heart rate, as well as disruptions in sleep and eating habits, Anxiety may also be closely connected to other disorders, such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or specific phobias. Regardless of what causes the anxiety, however, when it becomes so excessive that it is interfering with a person's life, it's usually a sign that steps may need to be taken to reduce its impact on one's life.
For a comprehensive description of anxiety disorders and symptoms, please visit the National Institute of Mental Health's page on anxiety disorders: NIMH Anxiety Disorders Page
How VR Therapy can help with Anxiety
When you arrive for your first appointment at VR Therapy, we will start working with you by first learning about all the factors in your life and background that may be contributing to your anxiety. If your anxiety is closely tied to something else, such as depression, we will develop a plan that addresses the complete picture of your current life and circumstances. If your anxiety is closely tied to specific situations, environments, or fears in your life, we will most likely use a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) approach to your anxiety, which is a highly effective, evidence-based approach to many forms of anxiety.
As your therapy progresses, a licensed therapist may build virtual environments that specifically address the source(s) of your anxiety, recreating any sights, sounds, smells, and/or tactile sensations that will help you learn to manage, and eventually, master, your anxiety. And as you progress through increasingly realistic situations and scenarios at a self-determined pace, your therapist will work with you every step of the way, adjusting the therapy to meet any circumstances necessary to help you move forward with your life.