Virtual reality for PTSD treatment

Anastasia Morozova

Anastasia Morozova

Marketing Director at VRwecare
Anastasia Morozova

Anastasia Morozova

Marketing Director at VRwecare
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Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is recognized as a condition that can seriously affect people’s lives. PTSD develops after a person experiences a highly traumatic event – a threat to their own life, a violent death that they witness, an accident resulting in severe injuries, or another similar experience.

PTSD is more common in people whose occupation exposes them to violence more often than in other spheres of life – military, police, firefighters, medical personnel. The symptoms of PTSD may occur not only in people who survived an accident or witnessed one but also in those who help the victims.

What is especially alarming is that PTSD-like symptoms may develop from the social conditions that become increasingly demanding and difficult.

People in the world are generally affected by PTSD due to the numerous military conflicts that are taking place in their regions. Any traumatic experience can lead to permanent disruption that can deteriorate one’s life.

However, the group that has the highest exposure to trauma and potential PTSD is, of course, the military. They are people who are expected to witness injury and death in their line of duty and sometimes even cause it. No wonder that the PTSD rate in the military and veterans is one of the highest.

What is especially tragic is that PTSD is often delayed in time and hits the veteran after their retirement from the army. The person is left alone with their memories and cannot fit into the civil lifestyle.

Exposure therapy as part of PTSD treatment

The protocols of PTSD treatment range from drugs reducing anxiety and pain to behavioral treatments designed to correct the patient’s response to trauma-like situations. People suffering from PTSD tend to relive traumatic events in their memories or dreams, which causes them to avoid similar situations.

For example, a driver who has been in a serious accident might find it impossible to get behind the wheel of a car again. Such avoidance and withdrawal might seriously deteriorate people’s lives preventing them from getting jobs, starting relationships, and participating in various activities.

Exposure therapy can reduce such symptoms in PTSD patients. Its goal is to make the person face the things or conditions they fear to make them see that there is no danger anymore. Eventually, the patient does not associate the conditions with the trauma as often, and other PTSD symptoms become less pronounced.

Virtual reality for PTSD treatment

Virtual reality, as a technology creating realistic environments with fully immersive experiences, is being researched as a component of PTSD treatment. Particularly, VR is considered to be used in exposure therapy where it can recreate the conditions that cause traumatic memories in PTSD patients. Virtual reality PTSD research shows the potential benefits of the technology as a means of exposure therapy.

In certain cases, patients treated with the help of virtual reality responded better to the therapy than when other methods were used.

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VRwecare platform for PTSD treatment

VRwecare develops high-quality VR products that can be specifically designed for use in PTSD treatment of military personnel. Our applications create fully realistic environments similar to those where patients experienced traumatic events but without the trauma itself. This way, they become used to the things they tried to avoid and get more adapted in their lives.

The VRwecare software products can be incorporated in the PTSD treatment programs that are being developed by the Ministries of Health, Interior, Defense, Security Guard and etc. We build our VR applications in close cooperation with psychologists and psychiatrists working with PTSD patients and take into account the specifics of this condition.

In creating our VR products, we also pay attention to the social and geographic characteristics of our target audience. The applications we build for Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries correspond to the local specifics and use Arabic as the primary language.

Other benefits of VRwecare

In addition to creating specialized virtual reality applications for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, VRwecare develops VR products that can help to resolve various problems that the military people might face:

  • VR for chronic pain treatment. Many veterans suffer chronic pain resulting from injuries obtained in the line of duty or occurring as one of the PTSD or depression symptoms. Virtual reality as a powerful distraction technology can help to reduce the pain level, avoid using opiate drugs for pain relief, and improve the patient’s overall quality of life.
  • VR for entertainment and relaxation purposes. Military personnel who need to consult a doctor sometimes spend considerable time in waiting areas. This waiting time can turn into quality time with the help of virtual reality. Patients can use VR to relax in a quiet, peaceful virtual environment or pray in their personal virtual space. In any case, VR can ease the inevitable anxiety that accompanies a visit to a medical facility and help spend the time.
  • Rent of VR headsets. VRwecare will be happy to provide complete VR sets fully programmed and equipped for use in the Saudi Arabian army to treat PTSD and other military service-related conditions.

Contact us for more information or to request a demo.

We will be happy to demonstrate the available virtual reality products and discuss potential custom applications to be developed especially for the needs of the Saudi Arabian army, Law enforcement, Guards and Security forces.