Deepak Chopra Says: “Metaverse May Be a Powerful Alternative to Antidepressants and Other Medications for Mental Disorders”

American Indian physician and guru Deepak Chopra believes virtual universes will soon be a more effective alternative to treating mental disorders than therapy sessions and the administration of antidepressants and other drugs.

In an article published Monday on her personal Medium blog, with Poonacha Machaiah and Srini Pillay, Chopra said emerging interactive technologies are beginning to show more promise than new drugs for abnormal behavior and psychology.

He added that “the habit of treating mental distress through medication has become the standard approach” and that no major progress has been made in treating people’s mental health problems for decades.

Chopra’s argument is based on the belief that the standard approach is incomplete and has proven to be flawed years after its popularity among physicians and patients. He explained that mental disorders do not lend themselves to a purely pathological approach:

There is a straight line between the cause (cold virus) and the result (sickness) of colds, but except in rare cases, mental illness has an obvious cause. Or, it’s better to assume that our perception of reality itself is wrong. Going a step further, what we call normal reality is created by the mind and is therefore a virtual hallucination, which we happen to accept without question. “

Thus, metaverse emerged as a way to deal with dysfunctional perceptions of reality by surrogating experiences in virtual reality. Although today, the development of immersive digital experiences focuses on entertainment for the purpose of entertainment, this new technology can also be used to treat mental disorders and maintain a conscious state of well-being.

Immersive digital environments can be perceived by the brain as real, just as patients diagnosed with psychosis, hallucinations, anxiety, and depression interpret the distortions their brains create as representations of reality. This parallelism allows experiences in virtual or augmented reality to be a powerful tool for reconfiguring the brain connections that trigger different types of psychological disorders, Chopra said.

Doctors even remember having tried the treatment on ex-combatants with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). By reliving battle scenes reproduced in virtual reality, patients have the opportunity to take control of the situations that lead to trauma. By confronting their ghosts in a controlled environment, under the supervision of a therapist, patients are able to process their emotions, moving from a state of anxiety and tension to a state of conscious soothing.

Virtual reality and meditation

Chopra writes that mental disorders stem from a distorted view of time and space. Stress, anxiety, and depressive conditions are often associated with an individual’s perception of linear time. Thus, experiences, such as meditation, that are able to disconnect the individual from his traditional perception of time and space, often lead to advances in the treatment of these types of disorders. According to Chopra, experiences in virtual reality can generate mental states similar to those achieved through meditation.

Another scientifically proven benefit of meditation is its ability to prevent cellular aging, thereby preventing the degradation of brain activity. Chopra also cites a recent study showing that genes associated with inflammation are down-regulated, while genes associated with antiviral and antibody defense mechanisms are up-regulated in people who regularly practice meditation.

However, Chopra admits that few people are willing or even able to achieve a meditative state. In this case, the metaverse can present itself as an alternative:

“Almost exposure to nature in a virtual world allows us to master reducing stress on the central nervous system, which is much needed, especially for those who don’t want to or can’t meditate. If meditation can protect genes and prevent cellular aging, then virtual world With the ability to provide meditation-like and nature-based experiences, this can be done. By extension, it is conceivable that virtual worlds can also have great benefits in terms of suppressing inflammation, improving immunity and energy efficiency. This is important information, Because inflammation is known to be a key carrier of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke and inflammatory bowel disease .

As a result, Chopra believes that virtual reality could have a wider impact on a wider range of diseases.

Metaverse Paradox

In the final part of the text, Chopra welcomes that virtual reality experiences are of interest to most people, especially the new generation.

As some futurists have predicted, the metaverse could not only serve as an alternative therapy for psychological disorders, but also transform the human experience, as “virtual reality offers the ability to replicate a sense of transcendence (not only in meditation, but also in our perception of happiness). perception), happiness and spiritual epiphany).”

Contrary to those who claim that immersion in alternative virtual reality tends to alienate people from their humanity and threaten our very existence as a species, Chopra concluded that the metaverse may represent a new stage in human evolution:

“Paradoxically, virtual reality gives us the opportunity to experience our fundamental nature – awareness of happiness – and to reconstruct happiness from the experience immersed in our consciousness. Scale, but awareness may be the most feasible right now A pathway to a sustainable future that makes it possible for humans to evolve into superhumans.”

As Cointelegraph Brasil reported, Deepak Chopra is no stranger to the cryptocurrency market. He has debated with Elon Musk, suggesting that Hedera (HBAR) will be a more sustainable blockchain network, positioning itself as a more sustainable alternative to Bitcoin (BTC).

Over the past year, the Chopra Foundation has been releasing a series of NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) with social impact aimed at raising funds for organizations supporting the mental and emotional health of people around the world, and launched Seva. Love, this is a focus on building a community centered on the common good.

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