VRMC currently uses virtual reality exposure therapy (3-dimensional computer simulation) in combination with physiological monitoring and feedback to treat panic and anxiety disorders. These conditions include specific phobias such as fear of flying, fear of driving, fear of heights, fear of public speaking, fear of thunderstorms, claustrophobia, agoraphobia, arachnophobia, social phobia, panic disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder due to motor vehicle accidents. General stress management and relaxation skills are taught for stress-related disorders.

Virtual reality exposure therapy places the client in a computer-generated world where they "experience" the various stimuli related to their phobia. The client wears a head-mounted display with small TV monitors and stereo earphones to receive both visual and auditory cues.

After an intake session and skill building sessions to teach the patient how to control automatic responses to anxiety-provoking situations, the therapist and client collaborate to create a hierarchy of anxiety-inducing situations. In careful, controlled stages, the client is exposed to these virtual experiences that elicit increasingly higher levels of anxiety. Each stage can be repeated until the client is comfortable with the experience and satisfied with their response. At every step, the therapist can see and hear what the client is experiencing in the virtual world. If the level of anxiety becomes overwhelming, the client can return to a less stressful level of treatment, or simply remove the head-mounted display and exit the virtual world.

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June 2015 - Dr. Mark Wiederhold Featured on the Price of Business.com

Sept 27, 2014 - VRMC is one of the exhibitors at the Silicon Valley Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (SVIEF)

Oct 16, 2014 - Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold was featured in International Review of the Armed Forces Medical Services

Jan 2014- Virtual Reality Medical Center Featured in Shaping Reality Podcast

May 2012- Psychologist Discusses Pioneering Innovation in VR Therapy For New Museum Exhibit

April, 2011 - 1st Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial Using VR to Treat PTSD in Active Duty Service Members

April 1, 2011 - Freaked Out By Heights? Pill May Help

  The Potential of Virtual Reality

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