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Mashable Features ICT’s VR Treatment for PTSD

June 11, 2015

Mashable featured Bravemind, ICT’s virtual reality exposure therapy treatment for PTSD as part of a a series on technology that empowers and inspires. The story focused on veteran Chris Merkle who found relief from his PTSD when he used the system as part of a VR trial. ICT’s Skip Rizzo, the developer of Bravemind, was quoted in the story.

“Done in a safe environment, with a therapist who probes and asks you to re-live and go over and over the trauma, the potency of the fear conditioning diminishes by a process called extinction,” explained Skip Rizzo, a clinical psychologist and the director of Medical Virtual Reality at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies.

“Patients start to feel empowerment as they confront and process,” he added. “They’re empowered to accept the horrible things and see life ahead.”