Fighting PTSD With Virtual Reality

By February 3, 2014Newswires

Virtual-reality treatment for patients with post-traumatic stress.

By Marsha Lewis, ISTV Contributing Producer

For more than a year, 1st Sergeant Doug Hester, saw, heard and was even able to smell the horrors of war.

“Any time I smell diesel fuel, it brings me right back,” said Hester.

When Hester returned from his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly known as PTSD.

“Severe anxiety! If I was in crowds of people, I would really kind of freak out,” said Hester.

But now, a virtual reality therapy has provided relief for some patients suffering from PTSD.

As part of the treatment, patients are immersed in life-like war scenes through virtual reality simulations.

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