Psychologists have been dreaming about the idea of a cure for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for ages. Today, this vision is becoming more of a reality. The idea of intervention following a traumatic event in attempt to prevent PTSD is a topic that has received little investigation. However, scientists are beginning to perform more intense experiments pertaining to human emotion and psychology. They are conducting experiments on a certain procedure, which involves an anti-adrenaline drug wherewith traumatic events are no longer inexplicably painful- with a procedure such as this we are moving closer to emotional immunity. These procedures, whose magnitude is so great that it changes the very way our bodies deal with certain emotions, should not be conducted in today's society, nor any society in the years to come.
WHAT IS PTSD AND HOW DOES PROPRANOLOL HELP?.
PTSD is a psychological sickness that is caused by traumatic events. These events cause the body to send enormous amounts of epinephrine (a.k.a. adrenalin) to the brain causing the body to perform above its usual condition. These hormones cause the heart to beat faster and muscles to perform above their normal capacity. When the hormones reach the amygdala (the brain's "fear center"), they cause memory to improve as well, which is why people are able to recall precise details about a disturbing event. People who suffer from this disorder react when they are reminded of the event as if it was happening again. They are often unable to lead normal lives because of the nature of their reactions and the unpredictability of them. .
The research attempting to develop treatment is to prevent said types of adrenalin from reaching the brain. The hypothesis of doctors involved in this research states:.
We have postulated that an excess of epinephrine release at the time of a psychologically traumatic event leads to overly strong emotional memory and fear conditioning that subsequently manifest themselves as PTSD symptoms.