Virtual Iraq: Treating the Traumas of Reality with Virtual Reality
edited: Thursday, February 04, 2010
By Bill Fitzgerald
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Posted: Thursday, February 04, 2010
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Originally based on the video game “Full Spectrum Warrior”, Virtual Iraq uses virtual reality to treat veterans of the Iraq war who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Virtual Iraq was originally adapted from the video game "Full Spectrum Warrior" and is credited to Dr Albert "Skip" Rizzo, a clinical psychologist from the University of Southern California. The system is available for both research and clinical use. Virtual Iraq is a form of virtual reality exposure therapy; the patient is virtually exposed to stimuli to allow them to face the traumatic experience that led to their PTSD.