Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.
PTSD has been known by many names in the past, such as “shell shock” during the years of World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II. But PTSD does not just happen to combat veterans. PTSD can occur in all people, in people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and any age. PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD.
People with PTSD have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experiences that last long after the traumatic event has ended. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares; they may feel sadness, fear or anger; and they may feel detached or estranged from other people. People with PTSD may avoid situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event, and they may have strong negative reactions to something as ordinary as a loud noise or an accidental touch.
A diagnosis of PTSD requires exposure to an upsetting traumatic event. However, exposure could be indirect rather than first hand. For example, PTSD could occur in individual learning about the violent death of a close family. It can also occur as a result of repeated exposure to horrible details of trauma by police officers, first responders, healthcare professionals, and military personnel.
Trauma Is A Multi-Sensory Experience So Needs Multi-Sensory Approaches
An emerging evidence base, and increased awareness of the effects of trauma on the body, advocates a sensory-based approach to treatment with posttraumatic stress and complex trauma survivors.
Since 2017 Sensiks has conducted several feasibility trials within research consortia where different multisensory treatment methods are successfully fulfilled.
Currently, 3 government-backed research projects are funded for multi-sensory treatment of smoke addiction, anxiety, and PTSD for veterans, first responders, and healthcare professionals that are mentally affected by COVID-19 patient cases.
Amongst our research and development partners in this field are the mental health department of the Dutch Ministry of Defense, University of Amsterdam, Kindt Clinics, TNO, ARQ, and Erasmus University Rotterdam and University Paris Nanterre.
The projects are funded by NWO, IRESP, Institute National de Cancer, and the Dutch Ministry of Defense.
Turnkey Multi-Sensory Therapeutic applications for PTSD, trauma anxiety, and fear.
Apart from the development of new methods for treatment, Sensiks offers a variety of (autonomous) ready to use solutions for PTSD treatment based on traditional methods empowered by multi-sensory virtual reality.
Sensiks offers several turnkey solutions for multisensory virtual reality trauma treatment.
Our services include pod placement, user workshops, implementation programs helpdesk support, and service on location.
Biofeedback sensors can be integrated to set goals and track personalized response and progress via heart rate, HRV, skin conductance, or brainwaves. Generated user data can be used for increased interactivity, content personalization, or analyses.
Hardware/software/content customizations are possible on request.
Packages available for direct purchase, financial and operational lease, rental, and trial periods.