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War Games: Using Virtual Reality to Treat PTSD

Video games seem to be everywhere these days, so it was only a matter of time before medicine harnessed them for serious work.  Soldiers are returning from battle with unseen scars in the form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Technology in war is often about weaponry, but in the case of Virtual Reality Exposure Treatment (VRE), psychiatrists are using technology to help soldiers deal with the traumatic events of war.  Typical treatment usually includes accessing the traumatic memory repeatedly to minimize its effects on the psyche.  Right now, psychiatrists in the civilian world and in the military itself are performing studies to see if virtual reality can be an effective tool in helping combat veterans overcome these troubles.  The current culture of gaming that today’s soldiers have grown up in could make VRE an excellent choice for treating Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have PTSD. Continue reading

10/15/2012 Posted by | College Papers, Learning | Leave a comment