US-based Indian doctor and guru Deepak Chopra believes that Metavers will soon become a more effective option for treating mental disorders than therapy sessions and administration of antidepressants and other drugs.
In a post published on Monday on her personal medium blog, co-authored by Poonacha Machaya and Srini Pillai, Chopra, 6, says that “the habit of taking care of mental distress through pills has become the standard approach” and has been for decades. No significant progress has been made in treating people’s mental health problems. He goes on to say that emerging communication technologies offer promising resources to update current therapeutic approaches.
Chopra’s argument is based on the belief that the standard approach is incomplete and has proved flawed many years after it became popular among doctors and patients. Mental disorders are not only appropriate for a pathological approach, they explain:
There is a straight line between the cause of a cold (cold virus) and the consequences (of getting sick), but the cause of mental illness is only in rare cases. Alternatively, it would be fair to assume that our perception of reality is wrong. Taking it a step further, what we call general reality is created by the mind and is therefore a virtual illusion, which we accept without question. “
Metavers emerge as a way to deal with this inefficient perception of reality through alternative virtual reality experiences. Although, today, the development of immersive digital experiences focuses on recreational activities aimed at entertainment, this new technology can also be used to treat mental disorders and to maintain a state of well-being.
Patients diagnosed with psychosis, delusions, anxiety and depression perceive their mental disorders as manifestations of reality, just as immersive digital environments of the mind can perceive reality. This parallel allows experiences in virtual or augmented reality to serve as a powerful tool for reconfiguring brain connections that trigger a variety of mental disorders, Chopra says.
Doctors also remember that veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are already receiving this type of treatment. By reproducing war scenes reproduced in virtual reality, patients have the opportunity to control the traumatic situation. By confronting their demons in a controlled environment, under the supervision of a therapist, patients are able to cope with their emotions, transitioning from a state of anxiety and stress to a state of conscious satisfaction.
Virtual reality and meditation
Chopra writes that mental disorders arise from distorted perspectives of time and space. Stress, anxiety, and depression are often linked to a person’s perception of linear time. Therefore, experiences that are able to disconnect a person from his or her traditional assumptions of time and space, such as meditation, usually progress in the treatment of this type of disorder. According to Chopra, virtual reality experiences can create mental states just like the mental states gained through meditation.
An additional scientifically proven benefit of meditation is its ability to prevent cellular aging and, consequently, impairment of brain activity. Chopra also cited a recent study that showed that control of inflammation-related genes was reduced, while regulation of genes associated with antiviral and antibody defense mechanisms was regulated in people who practiced meditation regularly.
However, as Chopra acknowledges, some people are willing or able to attain a meditative state. In this case, Metavers may present itself as an alternative:
“Metavers literally come into contact with nature to reduce central nervous system stress, which is very important, especially for those who do not want to meditate or cannot meditate. The same can be said with nature-based experience-giving capabilities. By extension, it is conceivable that metavers can also have many benefits in reducing inflammation and boosting immunity and energy efficiency. Borderline is known as the main vector for personality disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke and inflammatory bowel disease.
Because of this, virtual reality can have a wide range of effects on a wide range of diseases, Chopra believes.
In the last part of the text, Chopra welcomes the fact that virtual reality experiences arouse the interest of most people, especially the younger generation.
Rather than simply acting as an alternative treatment for psychological disorders, metavars can transform human experience, as some futurists predict, such as “the ability to replicate the feeling of going beyond virtual reality (not just in meditation, but in our perceptions of happiness, joy and spiritual epiphany).” “
Opposing those who claim that immersion in alternative virtual realities alienates people from their human nature, endangers their very existence as a species, Chopra concludes that metavers may represent a new phase of human evolution:
“Paradoxically, virtual reality gives us the opportunity to experience our basic form – the sense of happiness – and to reconstruct well-being from the experience of being immersed in our consciousness to the very root. Scale, but now consciousness may be the most viable gateway. For a sustainable future, it is possible for humans to evolve into a metahuman. “
As reported by Cointelegraph Brasil, Deepak Chopra is no stranger to the cryptocurrency market. Hedera (HBAR) will be a more sustainable blockchain network, and is already in discussions with Elon Musk to establish itself as a more sustainable alternative to Bitcoin (BTC).
Over the past year, the Chopra Foundation has been launching a collection of social impact NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and launching Seva.Love, with a focus on raising funds for organizations that support the mental and emotional health of people around the world. Creating a community that focuses on the common good.