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Skip Rizzo, Jarrell Pair, Peter McNerney, Ernie Eastlund, Brian Manson, Jonathan Gratch, Randall Hill, Michael Roy, Bill Swartout: “Development of a VR Therapy Application for Iraq War Military Personnel with PTSD”

June 1, 2005 | Long Beach, CA

Speaker: Skip Rizzo, Jarrell Pair, Peter McNerney, Ernie Eastlund, Brian Manson, Jonathan Gratch, Randall Hill, Michael Roy, Bill Swartout
Host: 13th Annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is reported to be caused by traumatic events that are outside the range of usual human experiences including (but not limited to) military combat, violent personal assault, being kidnapped or taken hostage and terrorist attacks. Initial data suggests that 1 out of 6 returning Iraq War military personnel are exhibiting symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD. Virtual Reality (VR) exposure therapy has been used in previous treatments of PTSD patients with reports of positive outcomes. The aim of the current paper is to specify the rationale, design and development of an Iraq War PTSD VR application that is being created from the virtual assets that were initially developed for theX-Box game entitled Full Spectrum Warrior which was inspired by a combat tactical training simulation, Full Spectrum Command.