Move over, psychedelics

The Therapeutic Value of Virtual Reality 

Albert “Skip” Rizzo is director for Medical Virtual Reality at the University of Southern California-Institute for Creative Technologies. He’s also known as a pioneer in the therapeutic use of virtual reality, using VR to treat PTSD, depression, addiction, anxiety disorders, pain, autism, sexual assault trauma, and fears of everything from public speaking to spiders. Sound familiar? There are plenty of reports that psychedelics can treat a variety of these ailments, too. So what makes VR different? Rizzo cautions that VR and psychedelics are very different: “It’s sort of really inaccurate to compare VR with the psychedelic experience. You wouldn’t compare watching a movie to a psychedelic experience.” ….[READ]

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