At Colossus, we are revolutionizing the treatment of traumatic brain injuries through innovative and personalized technologies within cognitive behavioral therapy. Our services are flexible to the needs of each individual, and the severity of their injury and mental illness. Despite the technical nature of these highly-specialized services, we want to break down any uncertainty about how Extended Reality (XR) works for treating traumatic brain injuries and illnesses, especially PTSD and CTE.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
According to the American Psychological Association, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a common form of psychological treatment proven to be effective for a range of mental illnesses, leading to significant improvement in an individual’s function and quality of life. Treatments often focus on changing thinking patterns, paired with strategies to change behaviors for long-term coping and symptom relief. Within these treatments, problem-solving skills as well as role-playing are key components to develop understandings and new patterns of interaction.
What are Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)?
Traumatic brain injuries involve specific instances where an individual’s head was bumped, jolted, or penetrated to disrupt the normal function of the brain. Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to severe, while some head jolts or bumps might not cause any injury at all. TBIs are incredibly common: according to the Center for Traumatic Brain Injuries, there are 50 million new cases worldwide every year, including 2.5 million in Europe and almost 2.9 million in the United States, making it the leading cause of death and disability in youth adults. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE are both common mental illnesses occurring after traumatic brain injuries.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatry disorder that can develop after an event or period of life-threatening stress or trauma, such as combat, sexual assault, or a natural disaster. According to the American Psychiatric Association, symptoms of PTSD include intensive, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to the experience that caused the stress and trauma. Many individuals live their lives everyday with PTSD, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, and Barbara Streisand. To learn more about PTSD, visit our blog [link to blog article about PTSD].
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, is a brain disease commonly found in individuals with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including concussions (Boston University, CTE Center). CTE is common among athletes, especially football players, as this type of trauma leads to a progressive degeneration of brain tissue over the course of months and years. Symptoms of CTE include cognitive effects such as memory loss and impaired judgement, as well as emotional effects such as aggression and depression. NFL players who have suffered from CTE include Dwight Clark of the SF 49ers, Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots, and former NFLAll-Pro Bo Jackson. To learn more about CTE, visit our blog [link to blog article about CTE]
While traumatic brain injuries are not new or uncommon, treatment options have significantly varied based on individual needs, poorly organized and designed trauma systems, as well as psychiatrists’ and psychologists’ personal methodologies. The core treatment of traumatic brain injuries depends on an individual’s ability to intuitively understand patterns and needs, and then visualize change. By providing an opportunity to build that visualization through modern reality technologies, Colossus focuses on serving and supporting individuals facing PTSD and CTE through a stimulating process aimed to achievecognitive and behavioral change. Because these two illnesses stem from specific reactions in the brain that have altered how an individual views their own reality, “Extended Reality” - a technological process of combining both Virtual Reality (VR) with Augmented Reality (AR) - is an essential, effective option for individuals suffering from both PTSD and CTE during treatment phases of cognitive behavioral therapy. Colossus is dedicated to working directly with you and medical professionals to ensure a personalized designed treatment for lasting results.