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PTSD: Can we Disrupt the Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories?

8% of Americans suffer from PTSD and this rate increases up to 15% as far as veterans are concerned. PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that occurs after seeing or experiencing a traumatic event. People with PTSD have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of the event. They may experience sleep problems, feel detached or numb, or be easily startled.

This article from the Dana Foundation asks a very interesting question:

Can we disrupt the reconsolidation of traumatic memories that contribute to PTSD and bring relief to patients suffering from this disorder?

This complete and stimulating read tells us how memories are formed and consolidated. The authors discuss the different techniques used or under research that can help PTSD patients. Since available therapies have success rates of only 60%, this is a pressing topic these days. The ethical question of whether it is okay to look for solutions to erase memories is also raised.

Related article: Can Brain Fitness Innovation Enhance Cognitive Rehab?

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