No Fear: The New Zealand Virtual Reality App Helping Conquer Phobias

No Fear: The New Zealand Virtual Reality App Helping Conquer Phobias

No Fear: The New Zealand Virtual Reality App Helping Conquer Phobias

By Eva Corlett

Researchers found the app, which gradually exposes people to their worst fears, can greatly reduce phobia symptoms

In the days leading up to an injection, Julie Raine’s mind would fog over with fear – she was convinced the needle would harm her.

On the day of the injection, after a sleepless night, she would try to calm herself with sugary drinks, music, and soothing words. As the needle went in, she would turn away panic-stricken; and when it was over she would crumple in tears and take a full day to recover. Most of the time, she would skip her appointment altogether.

The New Zealander has battled with trypanophobia– a phobia of needles – for as long as she can remember.

It stopped Raine getting blood tests, prevented her from being vaccinated against Covid-19 and caused her to flee the room where her teenage daughter was about to have a procedure.


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By | September 13, 2022