Evaluation of Credibility
The Battle Never Ended…
At least for veterans; proud and dedicated, to serving this country, attempting to return to their normal lives back at home, with one minor change: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a medical condition where one has symptoms (such as depression, mood swings, and temperament issues) that impede on one’s’ daily life. However, there might just be a definte way to heal trauma yet; in Justine Quart’s article, she describes an interview of virtual reality therapy, which is being used on a willingly participating subject, Chris Merkle, who was a U.S. Marine that served 3 tours in Iraq and 4 in Afghanistan (Justine Quart). The process of therapy is simple: recreate the experience where one can revisit their trauma, and help the patient get through the memory. The psychologist of the therapy, Skip Rizzo, is quoted in Quart’s article saying that his therapy sessions are effective because they are able to recreate scenarios or situations without worry of external forces because he is in complete control of the experience in real-time (Quart). With this, Chris Merkle is able to move through his trauma and begin moving past his PTSD.
The Author: Justine Quart
Justine Quart, a B.A. degree for Visual Arts and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, topped with a Master’s degree in Journalism at UC Berkeley, along with having experience working at other new sources (such as The Economist and CNN) making her more than credible. The information relating to her background was taken from Linkedin.com, as the link to her name in the article leads only to her Twitter or more articles she has written for ABC News. Upon clicking the link leading towards all the articles she has written for ABC News, it is evident that she has made more than a few contributions to the website, with over 10 articles written for the organization.
Why Write this Article?:
Quart’s reasoning for writing this article is straightforward: to inform intended audiences (those with PTSD or know those who have it) that there is an alternative way to address their disorder, as Skip Rizzo’s approach to the therapy is a rational way to help one overcome their trauma.
However, it should be stated that the information is biased, as no attempts were made at describing what would result in the therapy not working. Recreating (although not exact) experiences could lead to a patient developing more severe symptoms of PTSD.
While the source for the video is not implicitly listed on the page, through a simple search, the video can be found on YouTube. The images are also traceable back to their respective origins, verifying their correlation. Most of the article is quoting the interview video done, describing Chris Merkle’s experience with his virtual reality therapy and what was different about it. The institution, University of Southern California Institute of Creative Technologies, mentioned in the article that Skip Rizzo (the psychologist) works at can be searched up and reveal the correspondence of Rizzo’s contact information and where the therapy is taking place.
Experiencing traumas similar to a veterans’ is not something that many people can relate to. In the interview, he is seen and heard stating that the therapy is helping him heal more so than any other form of therapy so far, along with dialogue from the psychologist himself, leads me to believe that Quart’s article is credible. With her certifications and experience, she has captured all the important information for the intended audience to receive.
Quart, Justine. “Treating PTSD With Virtual Reality Therapy: A Way to Heal Trauma.” ABC News, ABC News Network, 18 July 2016, abcnews.go.com/Technology/treating-ptsd-virtual-reality-therapy-heal-trauma/story?id=38742665. Accessed 29 Mar. 2017.