Motherboard published this 20 minute documentary in March, but I just stumbled across it today (thanks GoodShit – NSFW). I’ve met a lot of people with PTSD or mental illness who use virtual worlds as part of their coping strategies, as well as some in formal virtual reality treatment programs. It’s incredibly powerful to be in a safe physical location and to explore the roots of ongoing anxiety. For some, a virtual world or game — outside of treatment — is also a way to interact with other people without feeling panic or self-consciousness from a temporary or lifelong condition.
The video focuses on customized VR environments for combat veterans – possible trigger warning.