6 session of trauma-focused exposure therapy
versus 6 sessions of relaxation training).
A comparison of exposure therapy
, stress inoculation training, and their combination for reducing posttraumatic stress disorder in female assault victims.
Virtual environments and simulated experiences are tools used by mental health professionals in exposure therapy
to reduce phobic anxiety.
DCS has been shown to facilitate exposure therapy
in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social phobia, whereas adding "traditional medications" such as alprazolam, imipramine, and fluvoxamine to exposure therapy
has shown no advantage over cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) alone for these anxiety disorders, according to Dr.
It is unknown whether a combination of exposure therapy
and medication for PTSD would enhance outcomes.
Likewise, exposure therapy
is effective because it encourages patients to reprocess the trauma in a controlled, supportive environment that often links negative traumatic experiences with pleasant thoughts and ideas - especially when reciprocal inhibition or desensitization techniques are used.
The class is a real-life example of a treatment called exposure therapy
that allows individuals to have gradual exposure to the target of their fear, in this case, roller coasters," Dr.
Virtually Better's Virtual Iraq provides exposure therapy
for anxiety disorders resulting from extended exposure the high-stress environment soldiers face during their service there.
Virtual reality applications in the healthcare industry are associated with many leading areas of medical technology innovation including robot-assisted surgery, augmented reality (AR) surgery, computer-assisted surgery (CAS), image-guided surgery (IGS), surgical navigation, multi-modality image fusion, medical imaging 3D/4D reconstruction, pre-operative surgical planning, virtual colonoscopy, virtual surgical simulation, virtual reality exposure therapy
(VRET), and VR physical rehabilitation and motor skills training.
Previous studies have shown that a type of psychological treatment called exposure therapy
- where the patient repeatedly recalls the traumatic experience or is repeatedly exposed to situations that are safe but still trigger their traumatic feelings - can be effective in relieving stress responses in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxious conditions.
With funding from the Naval Research Office, Virtually Better designed "Virtual Iraq" to support exposure therapy
of anxiety disorders resulting from the high-stress environment.
Interventions such as exposure therapy
, cognitive processing therapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing can help PTSD sufferers direct their thoughts away from traumatic events, often with durable results, said Terence M.