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.