Friday, July 29, 2011

Forget It Pill

Hello Everyone, I hope your doing well. The other night on my local news they had a story on this Drug Metyrapone that blocks bad memories. I think it is a good break through for people who suffer severe PTSD, like veterans, but I'm also concerned that if it was marketed again, it may be abused to just forget bad memories instead of working through them. I could not get the code to share the video of the story below, so I found some videos that 60 minutes did on this topic a while ago. Watch the videos if you are curious about this forget it pill and decide for yourself, would you want it or not?
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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From the Boston Channel: Rachel Caesar, a career soldier and mother of two teenage boys, spent nine months in Afghanistan serving her country. When she came home, her experiences still haunted her.

“I was at the hospital one day and I saw a child about my kids' age who was burnt from a land mine. And I kept having dreams about that," said Caesar. “I could only sleep during the day because at nighttime I was having nightmares," said Caesar.

Eventually, Rachel was diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which one in five returning veterans deal with once back at home.

New research out of Canada, however, may hold the key to preventing PTSD before it even begins. Relief could come in the form of a pill that blocks a patient's ability to recall bad memories.

“The goal is really to reduce bad memories that prevent people from living normally,” said Marie-France Marin, the lead author of the study and a doctoral student at the Centre for Studies on Human Stress of Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital in Quebec, Canada.

When in a stressful environment, such as a war zone, the body releases the stress hormone cortisol. Too much or too little cortisol affects memory function too.

In one study, Canadian researchers gave a group of men the drug metyrapone, known to lower cortisol levels, after showing the men both neutral and negative images.

“What we notice is that people who recalled the story under two doses of metyrapone have lower memory for emotional segments of the story, but the neutral memories are not affected,” said Marin.

The negative memories were gone, even days later when the drug was out of their systems. The neutral memories remained unaffected. To Caesar and other veterans, the research means hope.

“I would love to forget how I was treated, a lot of things that went on,” said Caesar.

One major hurdle to the research, however, is that metyrapone is no longer commercially produced. Even so, researchers said the study's success may motivate pharmaceutical companies to re-invest in the drug.

Above story in video is at this link

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