Iraq War veterans who returned home and showed the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, are being treated with a “virtual war sim”. Looks like they finally find a use of those psychopatologic bloody video games. I wonder if there is also a therapy for the dickheads who talk like a warmonger, play that idiotic war simulations in their homes (without having an idea of what war really is), defending Neocon strategies, championing Iraq War, so showing “pre-traumatic behaviour disorder”. Rob Woolard from AFP reports:
clipped from dsc.discovery.com
Feb. 20, 2007 — Traumatized U.S. soldiers are being treated for post-war psychological disorders by going out on patrol in a computer-generated “virtual Iraq,” experts told a conference.
Skip Rizzo, a psychologist at the University of Southern California, has helped create a program that simulates life in the war zone for Iraq veterans suffering from conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The ground-breaking treatment allows soldiers to experience the sights, sounds and even the smells of a war-zone, courtesy of wrap-around goggles linked to a startlingly realistic virtual world.
The idea is to re-introduce veterans to the experiences that have inflicted mental scars until gradually they are no longer haunted by the memories, a long-established therapeutic technique known as “exposure therapy.”