Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Barbara O. Rothbaum, Emily Malcoun, Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Naomi Josman

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternet Use in the Aftermath of Trauma
EditorsA. Brunet, A. R. Ashbaugh, C. F. Herbert
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
StatePublished - 2010


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