Virtual Reality Can Be A Treatment For PTSD

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Exposure therapy can help people suffering from PTSD by allowing them to confront their fears and triggers in a safe environment. The therapy is closely monitored so that the patient does not become re-traumatized, and enables them to develop coping mechanisms for the stress. Studies have shown that repeated virtual reality sessions have greatly diminished PTSD symptoms and overall anxiety in veterans.

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  1. Virtual reality has been used as a form of exposure therapy to treat soldiers with PTSD. 00:32

  2. During these virtual reality sessions designed to treat PTSD in soldiers, fans blow scents such as body odor and diesel fuel. 00:51

  3. Researchers found that after three weeks of virtual reality therapy, more than half of the subjects reported no more PTSD symptoms. 01:12

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