Journal of
Metabolomics and Systems Biology

  • Abbreviation: J. Metabolomics Syst. Biol.
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMSB
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 7

Review

Virtual environments for mental health issues: A review

David Haniff
  • David Haniff
  • Pervasive Technology Lab (CIC) United Kingdom
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Alan Chamberlain
  • Alan Chamberlain
  • Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road, Nottingham, NG8 1BB, United Kingdom
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Louise Moody
  • Louise Moody
  • Coventry University, United Kingdom
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Sara De Freitas
  • Sara De Freitas
  • Coventry University, United Kingdom
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  •  Received: 05 December 2012
  •  Accepted: 01 January 2014
  •  Published: 03 April 2014

Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) environments are increasingly being used to provide therapy to those suffering from mental health problems. Virtual environments can provide a safe and realistic simulation to expose patients to the cause of their problem. This paper presents a review of the use of 3D environments to assess and treat mental health problems. Within the review applications to treat mental health problems such as post-traumatic disorder, autism and phobias are described. The areas reviewed in this paper describe more recent works in the area of three-dimensional interfaces for the treatment of mental health problems.

 

Key words: Mental health, virtual reality therapy, three-dimensional (3D) games.