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At War with PTSD
Author: Robert N. McLay

ISBN: 9781421405575
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1 May 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.9
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The Spartans called it The Trembler; recent history has seen it termed Shell Shock, Combat Fatigue, Soldier's Heart, and Vietnam Syndrome. Whatever the name, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has always been with us. With twenty percent of the veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq exhibiting PTSD symptoms, the United States military has a strong interest in combating the condition. Navy psychiatrist Robert N. McLay has been at the forefront of these efforts. This is his story of using Virtual Reality to treat service personnel and veterans with PTSD.

As a practicing psychiatrist who worked with veterans and civilians dealing with PTSD, McLay knew for years before the September 11, 2001, attacks that effective treatments for the condition were elusive. When active duty called, he met the challenge, becoming the primary investigator on PTSD treatment projects that had service members face the ghosts of war in a computer simulator. After using this new form of exposure therapy on the home front, McLay and his team believed that they had found a promising way to work with warriors broken by combat, so in 2008 they took it to the front line in Fal...

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