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Virtual Healing

Brenda K. Wiederhold

ISBN 10: 0972407421 / ISBN 13: 9780972407427
Published by Interactive Media Institute, U.S.A., 2005
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Virtual Healing

Publisher: Interactive Media Institute, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Along with aliens and time travel, virtual reality (VR) is often thought of as a science fiction dream. Though it was developed nearly five decades ago, the use of VR in the private sector, particularly in the field of patient care, has become a possibility only in the past decade. As programmers are creating more detailed and interactive environments, the rapid advancement of technology combined with decreasing costs has turned VR into a promising alternative to traditional therapies. VR allows therapists to create a safe, low-cost environment in which they can easily modify the speed and intensity of the therapeutic process. With this ability to tailor the virtual experience to each specific patient’s need, the necessity to educate the patient has become increasingly significant. Virtual Healing fulfills that need. In twelve clear chapters, Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold, one of the pioneers in the use of VR, plainly discusses the application of VR for Specific Phobias, Posttraumatic Stress Disorders, Panic Disorder, Eating Disorders and Obesity, Pain Distraction, Education and Training, Nicotine Addictions, Physical and Neurological Rehabilitation, Erectile Dysfunction, and Schizophrenia. She will explain the symptoms of each disorder and how VR can help with treatment. Further, the reader will meet researchers from around the world who are working to advance the use of VR treatment, and hear from patients who have undergone the process. It is Dr. Wiederhold’s hope that this book may serve as a source of information as well as comfort.

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Brenda K. Wiederhold serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Interactive Media Institute (IMI), a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the application of advanced technologies for patient care, and as Executive Director of the Virtual Reality Medical Center (VRMC), a professional medical corporation that offers comprehensive programs to treat fear of flying, driving, public speaking, heights, claustrophobia, panic disorder and agoraphobia, social phobia, and eating disorders with offices in San Diego, Santa Monica and Palo Alto, California. She is also a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Wiederhold is a licensed clinical psychologist and has a doctorate in Clinical Health Psychology, as well as national certification in both biofeedback and neurofeedback. She serves on the editorial board of CyberPsychology & Behavior Journal, the advisory board for the International Child Art ! Foundation, and the technical advisory committee for the California Science Center’s exhibit on the scientific and cultural aspects of fear. Dr. Wiederhold is recognized as a national and international leader in the treatment of anxiety, panic, and phobias with virtual reality exposure and cognitive-behavioral therapy, and has completed over 4,000 virtual reality therapy sessions. In 1996, she founded the first virtual reality (VR) and behavioral healthcare symposium at the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR) conference. Now in its 10th year, the symposium has grown into an independent International Conference: CyberTherapy. Dr. Wiederhold was invited to address the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. in 2004, as one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of VR treatment for medical illness. In addition, she has served as an invited speaker in Canada, Germany, Israel, Korea, Sweden, and Switzerland on the topic of technology in healthcare. In January 2005 she was honored for her achievements with the prestigious Richard M. Satava award. This marked the first time that the award was given to someone in the behavioral healthcare field and only the second time in its history that it was awarded to a female researcher. Dr. Wiederhold is currently completing her seventh book and has over 100 publications.

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