Is Healium’s AR/VR Therapy Taking Stress Management to New Heights?
Are you sad, stressed, or worried? If so, you’re hardly alone in working on your stress management. The Covid-19 pandemic and the social isolation it produced have done a number on the nation’s mental health.
In a December 2020 survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, 42% of respondents said they were experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, up from 11% the year before. Even before the pandemic, mood disorders like anxiety and depression had been ticking up. And unfortunately, antidepressants don’t work for over half of the people who take them.
In some cases, pharmaceutical approaches have side effects that are as bad as — or worse than — the conditions they attempt to treat. Many of the drugs used to treat mental illness can cause fatigue, gastric disorders, sexual dysfunction, weight gain, and more.
Fortunately, startups are pioneering new models to treat common mental health challenges and help with stress management. Through augmented and virtual reality simulations, companies like Healium are hoping to give consumers a breath of fresh air.