PTSD successfully treated with exposure therapy utilizing virtual reality

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Service members from Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts suffering with PTSD find greater relief of symptoms through exposure therapy that utilizes virtual reality than from traditional use of talk therapy and medications, according to a small study. The findings, presented by Robert McLay, MD, PhD, of the Naval Medical Center San Diego, during a press briefing at an American Psychiatric Association meeting, revealed that those patients who underwent exposure therapy using virtual reality experienced “significant improvement,” which is noteworthy as PTSD has traditionally been considered resistant to treatment. “PTSD is often very resistant to most forms of therapy… Medications can make a difference, but usually that’s a very small difference,” said McLay. Click here to read an article from Medscape that discusses these findings further.

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