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Division of Family and Children Services case managers, like Michelle Doris and Zenique Johnson, will receive training from Georgia State University to identify and treat secondary traumatic stress.
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Working with children who have been abused and neglected can be stressful.

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services said it’s one reason employees leave. DFCS has asked Georgia State University to help case workers cope.

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Aileen Burger loads an oral syringe with cannabis-infused oil used as medicine for her 4-year-old daughter Elizabeth, who suffers from severe epilepsy.
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A Georgia House panel heard testimony on Tuesday on a bill that would allow more conditions to be eligible for treatment by medical cannabis oil. 

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Current state law, which was passed two years ago, allows Georgians to use the oil if they have one of a limited number of conditions, like cancer and sickle cell disease. The bill would expand that list by eight conditions, including autism and PTSD.  

State Rep. Allen Peake is sponsoring the measure.

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After some debate, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is now back in a proposed bill to expand access to medical cannabis treatments.

This week, a bill aimed at legalizing in-state cultivation of medical cannabis oil was stripped of many of its provisions, including expanding access to patients suffering from intractable pain and PTSD.

"It was tough watching it,” said state Rep. David Clark, who has pushed hard to make sure PTSD makes the list.

Virtual reality headset
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Virtual reality is being used in a lot of new ways.

At Emory University, researchers are using virtual reality to treat veterans who suffered sexual abuse in the military and now have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Inside a dark room, patients wear a head-mounted display, headphones, hold a joystick in their hands and sit on a chair where they can feel vibrations.

As they move their heads, they can see anything above them – like the sky, if they look down, they can see their feet.

Dr. Loren Post with a patient at Emory's Brain Health Center.
Emory Brain Health Center

When you think of virtual reality, maybe you think of video games that immerse you in fantastical worlds where you might fly, fight bad guys or do other things you’d — probably — never do in real life.

But tech experts tell us that expanded technology may mean that activities from online shoe shopping to attending conferences could soon involve an element of VR. In fact, the technology has already moved beyond sci-fi and into the world of mental health ... taking us into those dark corners that scare us most.

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