Propofol for PTSD: Traumatic Memories Weakened by Anesthetic in New Study – Inverse

The way we experience the present is largely influenced by our memories of the past. Some memories help us navigate the world around us, while others can make life more difficult and uncomfortable. Intrusive, pathological memories contribute to anxiety disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder, a trauma-triggered condition that affects nearly 8 million Americans. On Wednesday, researchers in Science Advances described a unique new way of short-circuiting the underlying process. Scientists have long believed that memories are fixed, and this assumption has been an obstacle in the development of treatments for traumatic memories. However, the new study shows that reactivating an ...

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