Video Games to Help with PTSD and Soldiers

There is a site that boasts the ability to help Vets with PTSD symptomatology.  It was created with the help of Second Life.  It has been used to educate families of Vets and other individuals about the endurance it requires for a soldier to live a normal life.

It was created due to the research that Vets and active service men use video games as a method to reduce anxiety.  I find this to be very beneficial to anyone looking to gain more info on what it is like to live with PTSD and/or be a soldier returning home.  Here is a brief summary from the website:

“The T2 Virtual PTSD Experience, based in Second Life, is an immersive, interactive learning experience designed to educate visitors about combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It includes a simulation demonstrating how PTSD may be acquired during a combat-related traumatic event, including an explanation of the connections between danger cues and triggers, the role of avoidance in the development of PTSD, and how PTSD is a normal human response to traumatic events. Additionally, this environment includes simulations of PTSD symptoms, helping the visitor learn through interactive activities how PTSD symptoms may show up in a person’s life. Finally, the environment includes information to help visitors determine whether they or a loved one is in need of care, and how to access that care whether a DoD or VA beneficiary.”

Here is the link to the website: http://t2health.org/vwproj/

and here is the link to the article on Vets and use of gaming: http://www.chieftain.com/tech/video-games-help-soldiers-with-stress/article_21546cfe-5559-11e2-ab7f-0019bb2963f4.html

There is rumor that there is current research being done with video games and Vets to reduce the PTSD symptomatology, but if it happening then it is being held in secret pretty well.

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