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Inclusion of Virtual Reality: A Rationale for the Use of VR in the Treatment of PTSD

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Future Directions in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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In this chapter we examine the potential for using virtual reality, a form of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with the aim of treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We review and discuss the use of exposure therapy for this disorder, considered the first-line treatment for PTSD, as well as its limitations. We then briefly examine some emerging psychological treatments for PTSD and analyze the use of virtual reality as a tool to deliver exposure therapy in the treatment of PTSD in more detail.

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García-Palacios, A., Botella, C., Baños, R., Guillén, V., Navarro, M.V. (2015). Inclusion of Virtual Reality: A Rationale for the Use of VR in the Treatment of PTSD. In: Safir, M., Wallach, H., Rizzo, A. (eds) Future Directions in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7522-5_14

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