Virtual Reality healing soldiers suffering from PTSD.
Virtual reality has the power to transport user with-in a virtual world. one can instantly appear in an ancient reality or jump through planes by putting a virtual reality headset that simulates unique virtual reality software environments, delivered in photo realistic digital 3D format. Mental health professionals are developing virtual reality environments that changes the way one experience things in their present reality too—like post-traumatic phobia, stress, anxiety & much more.
Clinical psychologist team at kickstartWork developed innovative VR environments to improve patient’s psychological and cognitive abilities. The team developed BraveU, a virtual reality simulated environment toolkit for veterans with PTSD that transports them virtually back to the precise moments of combat that haunt them in order to help them face their trauma in a controlled and safe environment and heal. This is called as Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy. Virtual reality BraveU quickly and precisely re-create the illusion of multiple realities powered by high-end computer graphics, Virtual reality head mounted displays and multi-sensory feedback. This illusion along with specialized sensors intensify the feeling of immersion. Specialized therapy session are guided by mental health professionals who help their patients to go through multiple virtual scenarios as per requirement.
Veterans are immersed into specially developed virtual worlds while their physiological responses and stress levels are carefully monitored. Over time, their reaction to the fear starts reducing and their symptoms of PTSD in the real world become more manageable. BraveU is a powerful tool and that it could play a crucial role in shaping the future of personalized medical care.
Three out of nine people who experience an extremely traumatic event — anything from an accident to a natural disaster to a violent attach generally suffer from PTSD. A disorder characterized by failure to recover after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. The condition may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions. Symptoms may include nightmares or flashbacks, avoidance of situations that bring back the trauma, heightened reactivity to stimuli, anxiety or depressed mood.
Veterans deserve proper care and counseling for the sacrifice they have made to serve their country. unfortunately many veterans suffer from PTSD and more than half of those diagnosed don't receive therapy. Virtual Reality Immersive Therapy is offering real benefits to veterans. PTSD affect people from all backgrounds however veterans are more likely to suffer from mental health conditions. It is believe that at any given time nearly 8 million people are living with PTSD.
Virtual Reality Immersive Therapy powered by BraveU can help to modify behaviors. Exposure therapy helps therapist in creating the digital illusion through simulations at anytime. Patient is exposed to stimuli and environment that are otherwise difficult to access. This is very flexible in replicating environments to treat mental disorders.
According to research published on NCBI, “VR can help to modify behaviors, thoughts and emotions through virtual experience designed for and adapted to the person’s needs in order to facilitate and enhance the process of change.” With VR, the patient is immersed in the environment that triggers memories of the trauma. This immersion is a key part of exposure-based therapy (EBT), which involves the patient’s ability to visualize the trauma and narrate the story to the clinician. This combination of VR and EBT looks potentially promising. Yet according to the NCBI publication, “the need for more controlled studies, the need to standardize treatment protocols using VR-EBT, and the need to include assessments of acceptability and related variables” are crucial for the development of effective interventions.
There are two types of VR environments used to treat PTSD. The first environment depicts specific and realistic situations. The second one allows for more flexibility, using symbolism to represent the traumatic event. Regardless of environment, there are advantages to using VR environments to create EBT scenarios. The therapist has a high degree of control over the situation. The patient is also exposed to stimuli and environments that are otherwise difficult to access. Additionally, the sessions tend to be more confidential compared to traditional therapy sessions. The VR itself can also be very flexible in replicating environments to treat mental disorders. Finally, the therapy does not require patients to imagine their experiences.