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New PTSD treatment made ‘night and day difference’ for veteran | MUSC

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David Shier military veteran attributes his remarkable recovery to a novel method of exposure therapy called Bio Ware, which helps PTSD sufferers confront circumstances they had previously avoided.

After serving in the military in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, David Shier returned home to Warner Robins, Georgia, suffering from a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Shier’s PTSD made him hypervigilant, frightened of crowded areas, and ready to run. His symptoms worsened to the point where he spent most of his time alone at home, anxious and depressed. It’s a novel approach to prolonged exposure therapy in which a patient repeatedly faces challenging circumstances with the aid of a therapist. The patient is expected to have reduced anxiety and depression over time. The usage of technology by Bio Ware is novel since it enables therapists to virtually enter patients’ settings. In addition to gadgets that assess patients’ stress levels through their heart rates and skin reactions, patients also wear cameras that mimic buttons so they may blend into clothing. Patients can communicate with therapists when in circumstances they’d otherwise avoid using a mobile app. Therapists can observe what patients see through the button camera and provide advice in the meantime.



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