“Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy: Case Study for Flight Phobia(English presentation)”

2004年12月 第102回 日本心身医学会 関東地方会、 東京大学 

A 38 year old woman with flight phobia was treated with three sessions of virtual reality exposure therapy. Her pulse, skin temperature, skin conductivity, and respiration rate were measured during the exposure. She also gave subjective units of distress (SUD) self ratings of her anxiety level. Review of the self-ratings and physiological data indicated a decrease in anxiety with increased exposure. The patient gained confidence to take a real flight and was given a self-monitoring sheet to fill out on the flight. After the real flight, she indicated that the virtual reality flights appeared as real as the actual flights. The client self rating indicated that there was a significant improvement in her flight phobia.