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Skip Rizzo is amazing – heard him lecture at SB’s Cottage Hospital 2 yrs ago!  Great program for vets. AND the Pentagon announced TM meditation as a PTSD treatment today: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/vets-are-using-transcendental-meditation-to-treat-ptsd-with-the-pentagons-support/

Watch the Bravemind video here: http://abc7.com/technology/usc-virtual-reality-program-helping-treat-vets-with-ptsd/1295569/

Saturday, April 16, 2016

A new virtual-reality program developed at USC is allowing veterans to relive the trauma of war, in an effort to help them recover.

The experience puts the veteran in a virtual world that includes VR glasses, a vibrating chair and even the smells of war like diesel and burning rubber. The idea is to live through the trauma again, but this time in a safe environment with a counselor talking them through the incident.

The technology called Bravemind was developed by Dr. Skip Rizzo at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies.

After 10 years in the U.S. Marines, Christopher Merkle tried to go back to his normal life but post-traumatic-stress disorder took over.

Merkle tried the virtual-reality program and found it is helping him work through his issues.

The virtual reality therapy typically requires 10 sessions and is being administered at 60 sites including Veterans Administration hospitals.

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