From bankers to first responders, virtual reality exposure therapy tackles PTSD


“So how can doctors and patients successfully treat PTSD? One exciting method, Dr. Jetly says, is a high-tech approach to exposure therapy. This method sees the therapist employ virtual-reality computer software to place the PTSD-affected subject in an environment similar to what caused the trauma in the first place.

“It can be hard on the subjects, who don’t want to revisit these events,” says Dr. Jetly. “But it does work.”

Another developing area of research focuses on decreasing the chances people develop PTSD in the first place. A program developed by the Canadian Forces teaches practical skills to enhance resiliency during and after a potentially traumatic event. The skills are similar to the visualization techniques used by elite athletes.”

By Dr. James Aw for National Post

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