Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a chronic, debilitating, psychological condition that occurs in a subset of individuals who experience or witness life-threatening traumatic events. This chapter describes the underlying theoretical foundations and existing research on virtual reality exposure therapy (VRE), a recently emerging treatment for PTSD. Three virtual reality scenarios used to treat PTSD in combat veterans and survivors of terrorism – Virtual Vietnam, Virtual Iraq, and BusWorld – are presented, along with a case study of an individual treated using BusWorld. The future of VRE and its potential for use with telemedicine and the Internet for treatment of PTSD are also discussed.
|Title of host publication||Internet Use in the Aftermath of Trauma|
|Editors||A. Brunet, A. R. Ashbaugh, C. F. Herbert|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|State||Published - 2010|