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Episode #19: Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Dr. Barbara Rothbaum, director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at the Emory University School of Medicine, will discuss research investigating Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Iraq service members. This therapy involves recounting the experience out loud while the therapist attempts to match the virtual reality environment to the description. Through repetition, the memory becomes less painful and causes less disruption in daily activities and sleep. Lt. Col. Timothy Lacy, chief of Telehealth and Enterprise Imaging for the U.S. Air Force Medical Service, will discuss how this therapy is being utilized by Air Force mental health professionals.

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Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program, Emory University School of Medicine
Telemental Health VR Project
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