Currently, a global mental health crisis has shadowed the whole world. Although the roots of this global crisis started to go a deep long time ago, now it is peaking. The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the crisis. The pandemic affected the mental health of 59%of the population in the US. Overall, 970 million in the world have a mental health disorder. Anxiety is the most common mental illness that affects 284 million people in the world.
This global dilemma needs to be addressed. Well, a billion-dollar industry has the potential to tackle this. It is Extended Reality (XR). According to Mordor Intelligence, the global Extended Reality industry was valued at $26.05 billion in 2020. The extended reality technology holds immense power to provide viable solutions for mental health treatment. With cutting-edge XR tech, scientists have redefined the modes of mental health treatment. XR tech mitigates the economic costs of mental health treatment as well.
Let us see how Extended Reality (XR) is helping people and experts to cope with mental health treatment.
Extended Reality & Mental Health Treatment
Extended Reality has reinvented the way experts see mental illnesses and their treatment. The XR tech is actively helping with:
According to World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the most prominent contributor to the global disease burden. Moreover, 280 million people in the world suffer from depression. In this regard, XR tech offers effectual modality for various CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) within immersive treatment scope.
In this way, XR therapeutic modes help to bridge the depression treatment gap and impact public health. With XR, experts can benefit from a multitude of adaptive environments. In this way, patients get tailored depression treatment. This increases the impact of the treatment. Moreover, this tech helps to reduce the costs of treatment.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is another widely spread mental illness that affects a massive chunk of the population. According to a study, 1 in 13 people develops PTSD after a traumatic event. Moreover, 3.5% of the US population suffers from PTSD every year. Well, XR has a viable solution for PTSD as well. In the industry, virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) is actively helping people and experts with PTSD.
With this tech, patients can experience stimulated versions of the events with trauma that might cause them harm. In this way, patients get to re-live the events with no physical harm. VRET helps experts with trigger isolation for patients. This allows patients to build resistance and resilience for attack prevention.
Attention-Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
There has been a 42% increase reported in ADHD cases in the past 8 years. This illness can have a detrimental impact on the quality of life. With the latest XR tech, children with ADHD can benefit from XR headsets. These headsets help children to cope with the illness in a natural way. Moreover, they help to improve concentration, focus and expand the attention span. In addition, they help to reduce impulsive behavior.
All of the above XR solutions for prominent mental illnesses provide cost-effective modes of treatment. Soon, extended reality will take over the public health care sector. In this way, it will create value at a macro level.