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1. Before reading the article on prolonged exposure and the treatment of PTSD with virtual reality, I never would have considered that to be a possibility. I am familiar with VR (and have even been interested in purchasing a VR setup) but had held back due to its limitations and costs. I can definitely see the benefits of using VR to treat PTSD through prolonged exposure, as well as other phobias. However I can think of some issues as well. Some people cannot handle VR. While the technology has advanced and become more accessible, some people cannot handle being put in a VR simulation. I know of people getting sick from using VR, simply because the sway and movement in a virtual setting is jarring. You have to think, being put into a really good VR setup means almost disconnecting from reality entirely. Your vision is obscured by the goggles (and whatever they are showing) as is your hearing (which typically has sounds tailored to the simulation or game). In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, VR most likely proved an interesting and amusing outlet for people in lockdown. As this article showed, VR can be used in both the case of PTSD and isolation. Who is to say it cannot be used to treat various psychological disorders and phobias?

2. The late 1800s had a lot of women reformers in mental health, and I was quite happy to see Dorthea Dix and Nellie Bly come back. I really liked the one article that blended together the stories of Dorthea Dix, Elizabeth Peabody, and Catherine Sedgwick. However the thing I find most interesting about this news article is the date: November 17, 1957. Sixty-four years ago, in an age where women already had the right to vote (which was part of the 19th Amendment, with women being able to vote as of 1920), this type of harsh language is not altogether surprising yet is still more than a little infuriating. I can see this article being used to better understand the attitude towards women in the post-war era, which it does by chastising women activists of a bygone era.

As for Nellie Bly, I thought the Drunk History clip was hilarious while providing people unfamiliar with her all the necessary tidbits to understand her importance to the history of mental health. However, this begs the question is exaggerated histories such as this are beneficial or detrimental to our understanding of mental health. What does everyone think about this?

3. Based on what we know from this class and the APA's 2014 article, what improvements are being made as of 2022 to improve conditions for mental institutions? Would you consider this to be a step forward or merely another way of “beating around the bush” where mental health in concerned?

Submitted by Lyndsey Clark. I pledge…

1. Do you think there is a better understanding of PTSD today because of discussions of the military, school shootings, and other trauma, or do you think more needs to be done in terms of understanding?

2. Seeing all the articles and videos discussing mental health is very encouraging and it shows that mental health is a major topic today. However, do you think that the sources are reaching the right amount of people to make a significant impact?

Submitted by Audrey Schroeder. I pledge…

1. According to the National Center for PTSD, PTSD is a relative common mental disorder with lifetime prevalence rates for men at 4% and women 10%. What explains this large disparity?

2. How successful do you think that virtual reality treatment is in treating PTSD? What do you see as the benefits and drawbacks?

3. Having read Nellie Bly’s account of her 10 days in Blackwell’s Island, do you think Drunk History’s humorous video about her experience there detracts from the importance of her investigation? Was this video just for entertainment or does it have educational value?

Submitted by Chris O'Neill

1. Why do you think that African American patients are dealt with in the mental health system and prison system differently than white patients? What are some of the ramifications of this?

2. Does the media have a responsibility to be aware of certain images in the news that could trigger PTSD? For example 9/11 images triggering PTSD in those who witnessed it.

Submitted by Jack Kurz

1. The use of VR to treat PTSD was so interesting. Do you think that the use of VR could be used to treat other types of disorders as well?

2. Do you think that inserting trauma training into schools at an early age would be beneficial to help students to be able to handle school shootings and natural disasters better?

Submitted by Allison Love (I pledge…)

1. Do you believe that the definition of PTSD in some of the supplementary resources was a bit too broad? Do you believe that one can incur second-hand trauma from watching/hearing about a traumatic event on TV? Would 9/11 count as an example?

2. Considering all these sources on PTSD, I was curious what the class thought about the argument that African-Americans in 2021 can face PTSD due to ancestral slavery. The logic is relatively complicated but revolves around extreme trauma leading to an epigenetic “expression” of anxiety disorder in slaves, which still disproportionately affects their great (x3) grandchildren today.

3. With the U.S. having such seemingly unique historical events/moments (deinstitutionalization, the war on drugs, etc.), do you believe our attitude toward mental health is completely singular compared to other nations? Why or why not? What countries come to mind as potential examples?

Submitted by Theron Gertz. I pledge…

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