Researchers in California have come up with a new way of treating post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans – virtual reality. (#USArmy, #virtualreality, #posttraumaticstressdisorder)
While it may look like a video game, the digital treatment is no toy. It is part of a new, serious effort to help U.S. soldiers cope with the lingering psychological effects of combat that present themselves in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder, or “PTSD.”
The program is the brainchild of U.S. military officials and two prominent psychologists, Albert “Skip” Rizzo of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and Galen Buckwalter of Pasadena’s Headington Institute, a counseling center for civilian first responders. Hollywood special effects artists also contributed to the program.