I received a group message this afternoon that seemed to be interesting. They wanted to hold the group meeting in a region which introduces its visitors to the theme "PTDS" (post-traumatic stress disorder). The environment is designed combat and war related. I flew to the educational region before the group meeting because I was curious.
In the entrance you will get an HUD and it leads you through the area. It is not a game but it has game similar elements. Uniforms will be offered for male and female avatars. You can drive with a car and you can experience war scences with fights, deads and explosions. After that you can walk through a shopping mall as a civilian. Flashbacks suddenly will light up and so you can see what post-traumatic stress means in everyday life. The speaker explains the mental problems (depression, anxity, sleeplessness and some more).
My personal opinion?
It is a great opportunity we have in Second Life that we can make inner processes visible. But not only soldiers suffer from PTSD. Victims of rape, child abuse, bank robbery ... countless possibilities. So no need to highlight the army. I have the suspicion that they wanted promote the US army. They wanted promote the army by remind us of the American heroism.
Besides the positive aspects I have described I must say: thumbs down. Make less war and less people will suffer from PTSD.
|Driving through an arabic zone|
|The traumatic trigger|
|Back to daily life|
|You can click on information icons to |
learn more about symthoms and causes
|Visualisation of a flash back - |
it an intensive experience similar
(but not the same as) hallucinations