Beta Blocking Drugs and Trauma.

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According to healmyPTSD.com, "70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. That's 223.4 million people."


In our lives, many of us will experience events that will bother us or disturb us, even scar us or debilitate us in some ways. But what if there was a drug that could help lessen the impact of that life-changing event? Help us move past it and move on with our lives, where some of us seem to be stuck forever?

In psych class, Professor Gewirtz mentioned a drug called D-cycloserine (DCS), a beta-blocking drug, which is an antibiotic and has shown some results when used in experiments concerning traumatic events. People taking this drug during experiments experienced a faster extinction rate or experienced faster results with exposure therapy.

In one study, the antibiotic was given to paramedics on the job, the control received a placebo. After time both measured their stress levels (I think) and it was discovered that the paramedics taking DCS had a significant reduction in stress as compared to the control group.

What if we were to give this to patients after experiencing a traumatic event? I feel that if we were to utilize this drug to help patients move on from mental experiences and emotional memory the results could be significant.

Although further research is needed, imagine a world where the lonely and hurt, who are trapped in an emotional memory that they can't escape, could be free and happy, moving on and no longer chained by things from the past.

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