Monthly Archives: November 2015

Bravemind provides virtual reality therapy

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“Freeman Health System’s Ozark Center in Joplin has three Bravemind devices— one for adults, one for children and another just for veterans.

The subject puts on headgear that has a 360-degree perspective and replicates for veterans desert scenes like they would have witnessed serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The virtual-reality machine is an extension of prolonged exposure therapy, where the veteran will re-experience a traumatic event repeatedly in a safe place while being counseled by a professional.

Engaging with the trauma allows patients to change their reaction to stimuli, desensitize the trauma and allow for healthy coping mechanisms.”

By Sofia Sanchez Salcedo at Neoshow Daily News

Read more: http://m.neoshodailynews.com/article/20151112/NEWS/151119579

VIDEO GAME TECHNOLOGY USED TO TREAT PTSD, PHOBIAS (Video)

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“Doctors and researchers are using virtual reality technology to create simulated events to help patients facing real life issues every day.

“We can put people back in these simulations and help them to confront and process very difficult emotional memories,” Dr. Skip Rizzo at the University of Southern California said.

“The range of areas include psychological treatments, cognitive assessment and rehabilitation, physical therapy is a big area.”

By Denise Dador at ABC7 News LA

Read more: http://abc7.com/health/video-game-technology-used-to-treat-ptsd-phobias/1078235/

Atlanta Clinic Battles Phobias Using Virtual Reality (incl. audio)

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“Emory University clinical psychologist Barbara Rothbaum is one of the nation’s authorities on exposure therapy. She says, “It helps teach in their minds, heads and bodies, ‘I don’t need to be scared of this. I can stay in this situation, and my anxiety will come down.’”

Rothbaum was one of the people who helped pioneer bringing exposure therapy into the virtual world.

Fears like flying, heights or post-traumatic stress disorder often involve scenarios that are difficult — or even impossible — to revisit in real life.

And that’s where virtual reality exposure therapy comes in…”

By KATE SWEENEY at WABE News

Image: EMORY BRAIN HEALTH CENTER

Read more: http://news.wabe.org/post/atlanta-clinic-battles-phobias-using-virtual-reality