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Artefact of Augmented Reality to Support the Treatment of Specific Phobias
Phobia is a type of anxiety disorder defined by a persistent and excessive fear of an object or situation. Currently, exposition treatment is the most practiced meth-od to treat phobias, although it comes with limitations. We can reduce these limi-tations by combining Augmented Reality techniques with the exposition treat-ment. Its benefits are a decrease in costs, versatility of the process and full control of the procedure by the therapist. As shown in multiple research, Augmented Re-ality has obtained interesting results in the treatment of psychological disorders serving as a foundation for the development of this project. The recent technolog-ical advances in the field also allowed for an easier access to Augmented Reality which is accessible to use even in old smartphones. Our goal is to develop an ar-tefact in conjunction with psychologists who treat phobic patients, to create a program to support the treatment of phobias with a gradual exposition system of the phobia. Their help will be essential to understand the most important require-ments needed for the program. We believe this system has the potential to im-prove the treatment of phobias serving as an extension to the current methods by providing comfort and efficiency.