New Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatments for Veterans Focus on Technology

Published: November 11, 2017
Category: News

It turns out that military veterans are willing to talk about stress. They just haven’t been getting access to the right confidantes and a comfortable setting.
Ellie is an example. Her ability to press veteran interview subjects to reveal information about their feelings and mental state worked better than the primary method used by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Her secret? Ellie isn’t a bland questionnaire. She isn’t a human, either.
Developed by the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, Ellie is a virtual PTSD screening and diagnostic tool that provides patients with an anonymous, unrecorded interview session. A recent study of Ellie’s interactions with veterans showed that they are more willing to report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder to the program than using a traditional assessment method.