How Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) Is Helping People Recover From PTSD

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A clinic in Orlando, Florida is utilizing virtual reality to treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is your MedCircle Weekly News.

RESTORES, a clinic in Orlando, Florida, is using virtual reality to treat veterans and first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

With a $3 million grant from the Department of Defense, the clinic plans to invest in more technology and reach more people.

The treatment program combines virtual reality and group therapy sessions. The VR treatment exposes patients to the scenes and smells that trigger their trauma such as gunshots and smoke in hopes that this exposure reduces their symptoms.

According to the article, “Trials have shown that 66 percent of combat veterans and 73 percent of first responders no longer met the clinical definition of PTSD after finishing the treatment.”

For more information on PTSD and treatment options, check out our latest original series on PTSD.

Source: CNBC


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