Perspectives on Memory Manipulation: Using Beta-Blockers to Cure Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  title={Perspectives on Memory Manipulation: Using Beta-Blockers to Cure Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder},
  author={Kathinka Evers},
  journal={Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics},
  pages={138 - 146}
  • K. Evers
  • Published 1 March 2007
  • Psychology
  • Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
The human mind strives to maintain equilibrium between memory and oblivion and rejects irrelevant or disruptive memories. However, extensive amounts of stress hormones released at the time of a traumatic event can give rise to such powerful memory formation that traumatic memories cannot be rejected and do not vanish or diminish with time: Post-traumatic stress disorder may then develop. Recent scientific studies suggest that beta-blockers stopping the action of these stress hormones may reduce… 

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