For example, in Hong Kong, with the support of the AXA Research Fund, a trial was conducted using virtual reality technology. The participants were patients suffering from social avoidance, social anxiety, depression and fear of negative evaluation. The self-administered program included five different VR scenarios to choose from: a convenience store, a cafe, a bus, a street and a medical clinic. A virtual coach guided participants through a series of tasks, such as ordering in a café or establishing eye contact, with increasing levels of difficulty, enabling them to gradually reduce their anxiety. So, there are new options for the future!
These are positive signals. It is up to all of us to continue in this direction, so that everyone can have the chance to lead a happy, fulfilling life.
(1) MAXIS GBN survey conducted in October 2021, covering 1,205 employees in the United Kingdom, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, France, Spain, South Africa, Mexico and Indonesia, spread equally among the various regions. This survey was conducted online by an independent third party.
(2) From MAXIS 2022 whitepaper “THE GLOBAL PRIVATE HEALTHCARE LANDSCAPE A STORY TOLD BY MAXIS CLAIMS DATA”
(3) Various, American Medical Student Association https://www.amsa.org/mental-health-in-latin-america/ (sourced December 2021)