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Drugs May Help Overwrite PTSD Memories

November 29, 2011

I was reading a article in the Science Daily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110526064802.htm about a drug that they are testing called Metyrapone.  In the article it talks about a rather small 39 person study in which they are attempting to challenge the theory that memories cannot be modified once they are stored in the brain.

This obviously could have a significant impact on PTSD and the recalling through flashbacks or through dreams, memories of an event or events that are leading to the PTSD severity.  I think this is something that any PTSD sufferer should be aware of and continue to track for information.  I am not a shill for any drug as a solution but, as I said, this sounds like a promising advancement and anything that can help, I am all for.

I would suspect that there is still a long process to go before you might see this drug on the market but it may offer the PTSD sufferer the ability to “write- over the emotional part of the memories”  The drug somehow lowers the levels of cortisol a stress hormone that is involved with memory recall.  Always check for side effects and addiction possibility before committing to any treatment.

Ask a mental health professional for more information or certainly read up on this drug in the Science Daily.  Seek professional help.  There is a lot going on out there and the more informed you are the better your chances to start seeing some relief from your PTSD.  Come to Military PTSD Forum with new things that you can share with our group.