Virtual-reality-assisted treatment of flight phobia

Tsfat College, Tsfat, Israel.
The Israel journal of psychiatry and related sciences (Impact Factor: 0.79). 02/2007; 44(1):29-32.
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Flight phobia is a common and debilitating specific phobia. Recently, an effective technology, called Virtual Reality (VR), has been developed for the treatment of various anxiety disorders including flight phobia.
This article reports the results of a pilot study consisting of four subjects treated for Flight Phobia using Virtual Reality.
All four subjects flew post-treatment. They experienced a significant reduction in fear of flying on two measures--anxiety about flying and global rating of fear of flying. Limitations: due to the small sample size, the lack of a control group, and the lack of objective measures, caution must be exercised in interpreting the results.
The use of Virtual Reality psychotherapy is relatively new worldwide, as well as in Israel. This study suggests the utility of implementing this technology in Israel.

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