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Good VR News: Psychologists See Results of Treating War Vets with PTSD with Virtual Reality

Good VR News: Psychologists See Results of Treating War Vets with PTSD with Virtual Reality

In an Interview by KXAN Austin News this week at SXSW, Dr. Skip Rizzo, Director of the Medical Virtual Reality Lab at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, explains how he and his team are helping to Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), thanks to VR Technology.

It is not easy, but all the signs point towards a soon-to-be-proven method. “This is a trauma-based methodology where basically you’re asking the patient to go back and confront and process the difficult emotional memories that surround the trauma,” said Dr. Rizzo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“There’s no doubt this is very challenging therapy, but as you go through that repeatedly, you start to see a decline in the activating anxiety. And all of a sudden patients are feeling empowered,” said Dr. Rizzo.

“Eventually as they do it more and more, a little bit more emotion comes out, a little bit more detail,” said Dr. Rizzo.

Dr. Rizzo has partnered with DELL in order to spread this technology to help treat as many people as possible.

 

To see the full report, CLICK HERE.

All Photos Courtesy of the USC Institue for Creative Technologies