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Jewish World Review
Virtual reality provides relief from soldiers' trauma
Therapy attractive to those reluctant to discuss their feelings
Virtual reality simulations of combat are helping soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) find relief from their symptoms.
Robert McLay, of the U.S. Naval Medical Center, San Diego, Calif., has preliminary results from a trial comparing virtual reality with standard exposure therapy -- which helps patients to relearn their responses to stressful situations by focusing on the traumatic event in a controlled environment.
Soldiers with PTSD either discussed their most traumatic experience while looking at computer images of similar scenes, or they were immersed in virtual reality simulations, in which sights, sounds, vibrations and even smells could be tailored to their most traumatic memory.
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After nine weeks of treatment involving up to 18 sessions, both groups showed similar reductions in symptoms. Three months later, however, improvements in those given traditional therapy had largely disappeared. "But in the virtual reality group, the gains continued," says McLay, who described his results in May at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Philadelphia, Penn.
Greg Reger, of the U.S. National Center for Telehealth and Technology at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, says that some soldiers "unplug emotionally" to deal with repeated trauma. Virtual reality may help by reactivating the emotional engagement needed for exposure therapy to be effective.
Reger, who is running a similar trial, adds that virtual therapy may also be attractive to soldiers who are reluctant to discuss their feelings, but are comfortable playing video games. "This may well be a more acceptable form of treatment," he says.
McLay described his results this month at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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