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IRAQ: Pentagon hopes video game can help with post-traumatic stress disorder

July 17, 2009 | 12:11 pm

The U.S. Defense Department has released a video on its website describing the use of a video game as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Reporter Robert Channick, writing for the Chicago Tribune, describes the use of the game at a hospital in Elk Grove Village, Ill., as part of an immersion therapy program. "Players put on goggles and headphones and use a joystick to dodge roadside bombs and snipers while the scent of diesel fuel wafts around them," he wrote.

Continue reading Channick's "Virtual Iraq targets combat disorders."