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A Drug to Weaken PTSD

 by Julie Hanus


Tags: Science and Technology, discoveries, health, memory, PTSD, psychology, anxiety, Alain Brunet, Emily Singer, Technology Review,

Technology ReviewHow we think about memory is about to change. Psychologist Alain Brunet, who works at McGill University and the Douglas Institute in Montreal, is conducting clinical trials in which participants take propranolol, a blood-pressure drug, after writing about a traumatic experience, reports Technology Review. This exercise seems to “weaken” the emotional strength of the memory, without disturbing any details. Six months after participating in a trial, one Canadian soldier suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) no longer qualified for the diagnosis.

Brunet’s research has to do with unlocking the secrets of how memories are stored, specifically proving the concept of memory reconsolidation. If Brunet is correct, when we recall a memory, it has to be packed away into the brain anew—and during that process the memory is malleable. If this is true, it opens up a bevy of possibilities for the treatment of PTSD, as well as other anxiety disorders and addiction.

There are some concerns that Brunet could be opening the proverbial Pandora’s box, but the psychologist isn’t fazed. “Brunet points out that he is trying to bring PTSD patients’ memories into a normal emotional range, not blunt their power altogether,” Technology Review senior editor Emily Singer writes. “He doesn’t think that using propranolol to render these memories bearable would create any unique potential for abuse as a way to dull the regrets, fears, and embarrassments of everyday life; people already use alcohol and drugs for such purposes.”

Source: Technology Review 

alan springwind_3
5/20/2009 4:25:58 AM

Trauma exists for a reason. For one, it's a pretty good sign of types of experiences to avoid. They are already drugging soldiers on the battlefield so lets drug them after also. Much can be learned about ones highest self by accepting and releasing trauma. One method that has worked quite profoundly for me is Cellular Memory Release created by Luis Diaz. You can check out more about it at http://www.cellularmemory.org/ Peace


alan springwind_3
5/20/2009 4:22:03 AM

Trauma exists for a reason. For one, it's a pretty good sign of types of experiences to avoid. They are already drugging soldiers on the battlefield so lets drug them after also. Much can be learned about ones highest self by accepting and releasing trauma. One method that has worked quite profoundly for me is Cellular Memory Release created by Luis Diaz. You can check out more about it at http://www.cellularmemory.org/ Peace


matt_5
5/19/2009 5:49:10 PM

How 'bout stop exposing people to Man created traumatic situations. We need to stop creating temporary solutions with drugs. I guarantee you we "have" a memory for a reason. I guarantee if were changing our emotional responses to memories we gonna have "changes" where we don't want them.


davidf1412
5/19/2009 3:48:53 PM

No need to use drugs. The Rewind Technique can (I've seen it work) treat PTSD in one or two sessions with immediate relief of symptoms - I believe the success rate is as high as 84% in a programme treating British military and others (eg assault, rape, trauma victims.) http://www.rewindtechnique.com/