Anxiety disorders are the most common mental challenge today.
We’re working on ways to combat non-present threat, racing thoughts and rumination in virtual reality, with the aim of providing alternative treatment programs to those who need it.
40M U.S. adults suffer from anxiety-related conditions.
Typically, anxiety-related symptoms will begin in childhood, worsen over time, and become exacerbated late in life as mental health challenges meet physical ailments.
Create anxiety programs for all stages of life.
We are working on solutions that meet anxiety where it shows up for most — in the workplace, in various social settings that can be triggering and late in life.
Only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
36M Americans are uninsured and 69M are underinsured. In many cases, even those with coverage find the system challenging to navigate and prohibitive in terms of cost.
Overcome emotional and financial barriers to care.
Mental health innovation is only as good as the amount of people who access it. We believe VR is the medium to unlock education, engagement, experience, and real change at scale.
There is a shortage of highly trained clinicians.
Our system is struggling to resolve the crisis. 62% of healthcare workers say burnout has affected their capacity and empathy. It's predicted demand will outstrip supply 25% by 2025.
Expand access and scale care with digital therapeutics.
The anxiety epidemic cannot be met with human resources alone. VR is a wedge that effectively supports clinicians in their profession, and patients in their struggle.
How we approach Anxiety Regulation
We create a safe, low-stakes environment for confronting the situations that trigger you in everyday life.
Gamified experiences that help you see, acknowledge, and transform negative thought patterns into positive reinforcement and new behaviors.
We engage you in different physical exercises that support the process of more easily calming and controlling the mind in all its patterns.
Quality of Life
Our experiences are infused with activities and reminders that fortify the importance of joy and contribute to a sense of presence and perspective.
How does anxiety affect me?
Untreated, anxiety can lead to heart and breathing problems, fatigue and dizziness and other challenges that can more easily emerge from a lowered immune system. We cannot control our thought patterns, but we can control how we choose to see and respond to them — and there are immense potential benefits to building that toolkit.
Why use VR to tackle anxiety?
Virtual reality creates a multi-sensory simulation that our brain experiences as “real.” The “bottom up” neural pathways it activates create experiences (versus “top down” thought processes, which are how the pre-frontal cortex responds) that can powerfully affect the brain’s threat processing centers, to either calm or arouse emotional and physiological responses, depending on the objective. Intentionally activating our brain’s threat centers by experiencing stressful or challenging stimuli is a mechanism of action involved in exposure therapy. The objective is to work through those threats and build resilience by reducing the emotional salience and intensity of the threat, then gain control over it as the brain rewires itself through neuroplasticity. The multi-sensory simulation of reality that VR can create is a powerful, scalable and infinitely flexible way to scale exposure and extinction therapy to address a range of anxiety-related disorders.
Can VR be a replacement for other therapies or treatments for anxiety-related conditions?
Virtual therapeutics and wellness programs can be extremely effective in helping extinguish stress, anxiety and fear. This is why we have built all our programs on our SAFE protocol . Wherever you are in your journey, there is a growing body of evidence to support the idea that Virtual Reality is the most effective and transformative therapeutic medium for mental health — from its ability to help rewire the brain to its potential for healing trauma and opioid addiction.
With more investment in relevant research than ever before, new discoveries and insights emerge regularly. Each takes us a step closer to making mental health support available to everyone who needs it, both with self-directed wellness programs and by treating digital therapeutics as an adjunct to care from a licensed clinician.
What sort of anxiety-related conditions is BehaVR working on?
We’re excited to announce more soon. For now we can say we are very committed to creating scalable solutions to address social anxiety and geriatric anxiety. We believe supporting people in these two areas will have a massive impact on quality of life.
Let’s Start a Conversation.
Interested in partnering on Anxiety? Have a question or idea to share? We’d love to hear from you.