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Virtual Reality Therapy

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Transcript of Virtual Reality Therapy

Veterans Virtual Reality Therapy What is Virtual Reality Therapy? How is Virtual Reality Therapy performed? Why is Virtual Reality needed? What organization uses this therapy? Pros and cons of Virtual Reality Therapy The after-math Virtual Reality Therapy is a method of psychotherapy that uses virtual reality technology to treat patients with anxiety disorders and phobias. Returning Veterans are put into a controlled environment with high equipped technology to bring back their haunting memories. Pros The New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

The University of Southern California and Emory University.

Each of these organizations use specialized software to guide patients through familiar trauma scenes in hopes of curing their patients. After completing several sessions of Virtual Reality Therapy, many patients gain positive attributes such as: Greater control over their personal situations, are able to express emotions positively, improved self-esteem, and able to have better relationships with the people around them.

Although not every patient responds the same, many individuals come out of therapy healthier than before they went in. This therapy is escpecially targeted at veterans with Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) The patient is given a head-mounted display device (sound proof) to wear and a game controller for participation. A scent machine is also used to reenact the environment These images vary from being secluded in foreign places to reliving the sounds of gunfire and the killing of their allies and foes. The psychologist creates images to the specific need of the patient. It is estimated that 1 in 5 soldiers returning home from war will experience mental health problems. These traumatic experiences from war causes the individual to have reoccurring flashbacks and nightmares, which eventually lead to anger and emotional numbness. Click link for video. http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=209550735753428&oid=114147095267199&comments&ref=mf Cons -A helpful coping skill
-Gives veterans back the quality of life.
-Can prepare soldiers for oncoming traumatic experiences before going to war.
-The technology is extremely efficient in producing real life scenarios so that the patient can easily relate
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- -Not every individual can complete the therapy, due to the stress it causes.
-Not everyone can afford the therapy sessions.
-Not many clinicians use this procedure since it's a new technology.
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