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A Virtual Iraq System for the Treatment of Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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A Virtual Iraq System for the Treatment of Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is reported to be caused by traumatic events that are outside the range of usual human experience including (but not limited to) military combat, violent personal assault, being kidnapped or taken hostage and terrorist attacks. Initial data suggests that at least 1 out of 5 Iraq War veterans are exhibiting symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD. Virtual Reality (VR) delivered exposure therapy for PTSD has been previously used with reports of positive outcomes. The current paper is a follow-up to a paper presented at IEEE VR2006 and will present the rationale and description of a VR PTSD therapy application (Virtual Iraq) and present the findings from its use with active duty service members since the VR2006 presentation. Virtual Iraq consists of a series of customizable virtual scenarios designed to represent relevant Middle Eastern VR contexts for exposure therapy, including a city and desert road convoy environment. User-centered design feedbac...
Shih-Ching Yeh, Brad Newman, Matt Liewer, Jarrell
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Type Conference
Year 2009
Where VR
Authors Shih-Ching Yeh, Brad Newman, Matt Liewer, Jarrell Pair, Anton Treskunov, Greg Reger, Barbara O. Rothbaum, JoAnn Difede, Josh Spitalnick, Rob McLay, Thomas D. Parsons, Albert A. Rizzo
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