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.
Virtual Reality Can Be A Treatment For PTSD
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Virtual reality has been used as a form of exposure therapy to treat soldiers with PTSD. 00:32
During these virtual reality sessions designed to treat PTSD in soldiers, fans blow scents such as body odor and diesel fuel. 00:51
Researchers found that after three weeks of virtual reality therapy, more than half of the subjects reported no more PTSD symptoms. 01:12