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Virtual Reality Therapy May Reduce PTSD Symptoms

Virtual Reality Therapy May Reduce PTSD Symptoms A new study evaluates the use of virtual reality (VR) treatment for relief of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Posttraumatic stress disorder is common among military veterans and is often accompanied by anxiety, depression, and psychological and emotional impairment. The combined effect of the disorders can dramatically influence quality of life.

Researchers studied a type of VR treatment called Graded Exposure Therapy (GET), finding that the therapy can improve PTSD symptoms and may also have a positive impact on related disorders.

The article is published in the peer-reviewed journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

VR-GET helps sufferers of PTSD confront their trauma-related fears. The approach helps people face rather than avoid their fears by exposing them to simulated stress-inducing events in a controlled, virtual reality environment.

Physiologic responses are monitored while the intervention is performed and training is then provided to help the person develop coping skills.

“Our results indicate improvement of PTSD with VR-GET based on three different measures: neuropsychological, self-report, and clinician-administered scales,” said┬áresearcher Brenda K. Wiederhold, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Source: Mary Ann Liebert

Virtual Reality Therapy May Reduce PTSD Symptoms

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Virtual Reality Therapy May Reduce PTSD Symptoms. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 26, 2019, from
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