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#275546 - 02/16/09 05:59 PM Drug for erasing painful/scary memories
Ken Singer, LCSW Offline

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There is a piece on NPR today:
It talks about research using a beta-blocker drug (propenanol?) that appears to erase or ease scary or painful memories with a learned fear response.

The notice says the audio segment will be posted after 7 pm today.

Here is the link:

Edited by Ken Singer, LCSW (02/16/09 06:04 PM)
Blissfully retired after 35 years treating sexual abuse

#275650 - 02/17/09 12:59 PM Re: Drug for erasing painful/scary memories [Re: Ken Singer, LCSW]
jacobtk Offline

Registered: 04/08/03
Posts: 527
Having listened to the audio segment, it sounds like the effect of the drug is akin to when people dissociate. When I think about something frightening, my emotions deaden and I am able to deal with it. It sounds as if the drug does the same thing, with the same potential side-effect. I have trouble feeling much of anything most of the time, particularly strong emotions. The drug could potentially weaken the portion of the brain that induces strong emotional responses.

I understand the reason behind wanting to use such a drug, but what if the effects are not reversible?

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