PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a severe mental illness caused by severe anxiety, panic attacks, and recurrence of distressful and frightening events a person has once witnessed. The person may often revisit the memories of this stressful event and can occur even in their dreams, like nightmares. Living like this can be very hard for you cannot also move forward and live a healthy life without remembering the past events that have scarred you. But with the help of a therapist, it is possible to recover.
Battling PTSD is tough, and some people might not have open minds about this kind of situation. Often, people suffering from this are quiet and on their toes. They believe that at any given moment, what happened once can happen again, and it stops them from living a normal and healthy life.
The rigors of military training and combat—as well as combat trauma—can ingrain ways of coping and surviving in a war zone into one’s mind and soul. — Sam Osherson Ph.D.
Luckily, the internet is another world where everything can be done with just a click of a button, and right now, there are what we call Virtual Therapists that can help patients with PTSD and other mental illness to talk about their feelings and helping them out through the internet.
Most veterans suffer from PTSD. They have been through the most frightening events of their lives. It is very hard to put your life on the line to save your country and fellow men and yes they are seen as heroes, but on the inside, they suffer so much. Thankfully, virtual therapists are available and can help them feel better.
How Do Virtual Therapists Do Their Job Online?
Virtual jobs have become popular due to the many benefits it has. One of them is you can work at home if you have a computer and a stable internet connection. This way, you wouldn’t have to worry about the commute and expenses with working far from home.
The same goes for virtual therapists. They can work from home and cover more patients compared to working in an office. They can even set up emergency therapies if needed. Still, you need to be qualified to do the job.
This kind of therapy is mainly used for psychological or occupational therapy. Patients of virtual therapists use many methods and instruments that the therapist has prepared, and they navigate through digitally created environments and carefully crafted tasks designed for a specific illness.
Patients with PTSD are using this as an alternative to exposure therapy, where a patient is exposed in a situation and harmlessly interact with virtual representations of these events. This type of treatment has been proven to cure the symptoms of PTSD and has very positive feedback. This can be an alternative that veterans can use as therapy. There are a lot of options that can be suited for each patient to treat their ailment.
While it’s easy to recreate the feared situation in therapy with a patient with a fear of heights or elevators, creating an opportunity for veterans to confront and gain mastery over their battlefield experiences has not been. — Jared DeFife Ph.D.
Veterans And PTSD
It’s not so easy going home after being deployed and return to your healthy life. What happened with you when you were used can be the most traumatic thing that could ever happen to you, and it is hard opening up to someone who doesn’t get where your feelings are coming from.
Veterans, when they get home, fill out a series of questions the government can figure out if their mental state is still healthy. But a series of yes/no questions can be deemed difficult to understand. These guys need to have someone to talk to and be confidential with everything because the things that happen during deployment are very confidential and somewhat intimate. Veterans need a person they can trust with the series of life events that happened to them.
This is where virtual interviewers come to the picture. Even online, a veteran or any other person, can talk with this “interviewer” and give an insight into what happened to them that is now significantly affecting them. After this, the interviewer can now examine and provide some results as to what they are suffering from.
But the government still question this kind of therapy. Though it may be helpful even to our veterans, what happens after the interview? What is the next step in helping the vets deal with PTSD?
Some virtual therapists offer support that these people need. The thought of removing a human figure out of the equation has had positive feedback even with civilians. They think that it is easier to talk and tell their most confidential thoughts without hearing or seeing judgment.
Maybe virtual therapists are still a developing technology, but with where it is now, it has done a great deal of help in putting peoples mind at ease. It can be easier to let out all your feelings to someone (or something) that would not look at you differently afterward.
This development can go even further, and its promising effects on people everywhere is a good sign. Someday, with the help of virtual therapies, we could have a better world where people don’t suffer from mental ailments anymore.
If we numb ourselves to our feelings – in response to pain, trauma, crisis – it makes it impossible for us to consciously, purposefully, safely work with and work through the pain, trauma, crisis…to resolution. — Judith Barr, MS, LPC