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Drug could make bad memories less difficult

University of Montreal researchers say drug could ease PTSD


A drug that reduces the stress hormone cortisol could help “overwrite bad memories” say researchers from the University of Montreal. In their recent study, they gave 33 people either the drug metyrapone or a placebo and then showed them a story on a computer screen. Those who had received the the drug were less likely to recall the negative parts of the story when asked four days later. “If every time you retrieve [a bad memory] and it’s not helping you because you cannot calm down a bit and put things back into perspective, it might be a good idea to retrieve it under the influence of metyrapone [instead] so you will recall less of the… very traumatic part,” neurological scientist Marie-France Marin, who led the study, told The National Post. She suggested it could be useful in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Drug could make bad memories less difficult

  1. drugs help people forget things? you mean like booze? NO WAY. STOP THE PRESSES.

  2. That is patently absurd! If you don’t remember, you can’t work through it!

    • I wouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater here. Given that the trauma of difficult experiences often causes individuals to block out memories or to deny that the events ever occurred, it is conceivable that such treatment might actually open a doorway to facing past trauma. Perhaps it might also be helpful in treating severe depression. Obviously it’s something that would need much more research before drawing any such conclusions, but at the very least it has provided some insight into how the brain handles these memories.

      • I agree, it’s worth looking into. The brain is so mysterious! I’m excited about new discoveries for sure!

    • sometimes working threw it takes a long time as in my case 50 years and i would sure like to forget. I would like to give this a try anything to help put it out of my mind even just a little bit.

  3. I saw this on the Simpsons, it’s called Repressitol.

  4. All we need another brain affecting drug, and then we ask why is Dementia and Alzheimer increasing in out society, Duh!

  5. The problem with PTSD is that people relive the most negative, traumatizing moments of their life over and over. This affects every aspect of life, interfering with work, relationships, health. The drug does not make people forget as the other posters seem to think. It helps them remember that there was anything other than trauma in their life.

  6. @ Alan
    I meet people every day with dementia and alzheimers disease. Very few of them were ever treated for mental health issues and never took psychotropic medications. There is no link.

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  8. Great this comes just in time for the great thought crime sweep, sweeping across the new and improved North American Union. I betcha we will have to force the sheep out of the new mega prisons after the re education programs takes effect.

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