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VR Explored for PTSD Treatment and Recovery

VR Explored for PTSD Treatment and RecoveryAccording to a new report from VRJournal, virtual reality therapy may hold the key to helping patients recover from the horrendous effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

PTSD affects millions, including members of the military and other emergency workers, police, and firefighters.

The report in question notes that researchers are testing a new VR therapy designed to speed recovery.

ABC News Channel 7 in Chicago reveals the story of former U.S. Marine Jimmy Castellanos, who came under fire in 2004 during a deployment to Iraq.

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The Unseen War Still Waging Inside The Minds Of Many Veterans

PTSDbrain1The following is a guest contributed post to MHW By Daniel G. Amen, M.D., and Max Cleland.

Most people probably think wars end when the shooting stops.

But that’s not the case for those who do the fighting. For them, the war lives on long after they return home and try to resume normal lives.

One of us, Max Cleland, knows from experience. He lost both legs and his right arm to a grenade explosion in Vietnam in the 1960s. Even after the physical injuries healed, even after the rehabilitation was over, the emotional anguish continued. And in truth, nearly 50 years later, that aspect still hasn’t completely healed.

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Year Long Study Shows That Telemedicine is an Effective Form of Talk Therapy for Retired Veterans

Year Long Study Shows That Telemedicine is an Effective Form of Talk Therapy for Retired VeteransOne of the most popular forms of telemedicine is talk therapy that allows for face-to-face two-way video conferencing. Many question whether or not video therapy is as effective as live therapy, which is what prompted the year-long study designed to help retired veterans who struggle with their depression.

According to a new report from Reuters,  approximately 10 percent of the US population will suffer from clinical depression at some point in their lives. However, clinical depression is not the only type of depression. On average, an additional 20 percent of seniors will experience “substantial” depression symptoms—and the risk for depression increases by up to 5 times for retired veterans.

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Telemedicine Care Model May Improve PTSD Treatment

Telemedicine Care Model May Improve PTSD TreatmentAccording to JAMA Network, a recent study found that military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who live in rural areas successfully engaged in evidence-based psychotherapy.

John C. Fortney, Ph.D., of the University of Washington, Seattle, and his colleagues tested a telemedicine based collaborative care model designed to improve engagement in evidence-based treatment of PTSD. They developed the Telemedicine Outreach for PTSD (TOP) intervention to improve PTSD outcomes for veterans treated at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) without on-site psychiatrists or psychologists.

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U.S. Navy Sailing Toward mHealth to Battle Post Traumatic Stress

As a potentially effective method for helping members of the U.S. Navy deal with post-traumatic stress, a new iPad app is in development from the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR).

The Stress Resilience Training System App, co-funded by the Office of Naval Research and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is said to provide Sailors and Marines “with information about stress and resilience and how to apply this knowledge to their missions.”

Without question, the military takes seriously the dangers of PTSD on soldiers. 21 percent of military personnel returning from overseas contingency operations (OCO) in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from PTSD.

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