The U.S. Army is working on a new way for their troops to combat PTSD. I guess if you think about it, if you have ever heard of the movie Inception with Leonardo Dicaprio, this is where the U.S. Army is headed in combating post traumatic stress disorder. PTSD has been mostly handled by prescribed psychiatric drugs. Sometimes the drugs are not enough. The U.S. Army has stepped up the game by helping their troops in a new way.
The one main thing that is consistent with PTSD is the nightmares. I personally have suffered from PTSD since 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. And I do not think I even went through a fraction of veterans went through serving our country in war zones. It’s hard to cope and deal with such trauma.
The idea the U.S. Army has came up with to help the troops is to combat the nightmares by the use of digital dreams. The name of the experiment is called “Power Dreaming”. It works like this: you are asleep and wake from a horrible nightmare. You steady yourself and get a pair of U.S. Army issued 3D glasses, and put them on. When putting these glasses on you are surrounded by your closest friends and families. It is supposed to calm and comfort the soliders. It lets them know they are in a safe place, amongst friends, and no longer in a war zone.
The experiment is currently being conducted at the Naval Hospital Bremerton in Washington state. The experiment is still in the beginning stages. The Army has recently given a half million dollars to a consulting to company to go forward with this experiment. It is worth every penny if it will help our troops to live and maintain a normal life after going to war. Over 50% of returning troops from war torn areas suffer from nightmares. It is easier during your waking ours to cope. But dreams are uncontrollable. You have those whether you want to or not.
You may still have the dreams but with the 3D glasses that show you being surrounded by friends and family, it makes it easier to realize you are in a safe, peaceful enviroment.
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