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Virtual ‘humans’ can better identify PTSD

Virtual ‘humans’ can better identify PTSD
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A virtual interviewer is more likely to make people open up about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as anonymity with social connection helps...

Washington: A virtual interviewer is more likely to make people open up about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as anonymity with social connection helps patients reveal more about their mental health symptoms.

Soldiers who have experienced combat can develop post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which includes disturbing thoughts, feelings and dreams. The stigma around mental health problems means that troops can be reluctant to admit to symptoms or seek help. "Allowing PTSD to go untreated can potentially have disastrous consequences, including suicide attempts,"

However, the results can affect a soldier's career prospects in the military. This means they may be reluctant to be completely honest. Previous studies have shown that people are often more likely to provide sensitive information in anonymous surveys, as they feel safer and less exposed.

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