Over fifteen million people in the United States deal with social anxiety disorder. SAD is an extreme fear of being scrutinized and judged in social situations. For people who deal with social anxiety, it can be a paralyzing part of their everyday life. Georgia State psychology professor Page Anderson has developed a new technology to help people with social anxiety by using virtual reality. Her technology simulates real life settings and helps patients treat their anxiety virtually before confronting real-world situations.
We sit down with Professor Anderson to learn more about how VR can bring relief and help cure severe anxiety.