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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 222-226

A virtual reality: Technology's impact on youth mental health

1 Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust; Division of Mental Health and Wellbeing, University of Warwick, UK
2 Division of Mental Health and Wellbeing, University of Warwick; Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust, UK; Faculty of Medicine, Aarlborg University, Denmark

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Dr. Benjamin Ian Perry
University of Warwick, UK Caludon Centre, Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry CV2 2TE
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-9962.193190

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2016 will mark as the year when commercially available virtual reality headsets first become available across the world. This is set to be a landmark development and will revolutionize the way we interact with technology, which is already eating up more and more of our time, and is now inextricable from day-to-day life. Adolescents, at a critical stage in both physical and psychological development, are often the first to adopt advances in technology, and therefore also any associated impact on health. We discuss some of the current and important research on the positive and negative implications of technology on the mental health of children and adolescents, and briefly outline how future technological advances may further affect how we diagnose, monitor, and manage our young patients in the psychiatric clinic.

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