vi, 206 pages ; 23 cm
Why this book was written -- What is PTSD anyway? : looking at the problem before Iraq -- Every war is different, every war is the same -- Mind and brain -- The forgotten war -- Treatment and cure -- I don't believe in that stuff : arguments against the existence of PTSD -- Some birthday : attempts to prevent PTSD -- Iraq in digital -- Women at war -- Memorial day in Camp Fallujah -- It just might work -- The state of the science -- Therapy in foxholes -- The war at home -- Virtual reality faces the real thing -- Different roads home -- A kind of peace : what we learned and what we have left to accomplish.
Shell shock, combat fatigue, Vietnam Syndrome--whatever the name, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been with us since ancient Greece. With 20 percent of the veterans of 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, using virtual reality to treat service members and veterans with PTSD. So far, the virtual reality program shows more promise than traditional therapies. Several years into the project, McLay recounts openly and with bleak honesty the successes, failures, and limits of virtual reality treatment--but his experiences hold out hope.--From publisher description.
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