Can Computers Cure PTSD?

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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have dramatically increased the number of troops who are now suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The UK Ministry of Defence has recently run a campaign to raise awareness and de-stigmatise PTSD, but in the US where 300,000 troops are estimated to be affected, the military is ploughing millions into helping veterans cope when returning home from long deployments. The United States military has been experimenting with new technology to help ease the transition from the battlefield back to life at home. Smart phones allow servicemembers to carry a calming device with them at all times, while virtual reality tools help recreate and process traumatic memories.

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  1. 30649356
    30649356 Apr 25, 2013

    I am happy to see the technology and attention on PTSD since so many military members are suffering from it and do not know how to cope. This is the least we can do for our service members who have been deployed and in traumatic war time situations. I do hope the availability of this type of treatment is more prevalent at this point since this video was made 7 months ago. To hear sad stories about violent acts associated with the effects of PTSD such as the Army Sgt who shot fellow comrades at camp liberty in 2009 truly resonates that PTSD victims need help. It is not to say that all with PTSD would do that, but it shows an extreme case of PTSD and other mental illnesses not treated or managed. I hope with the budget cuts, it doesn't effect this program.

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