PTSD may one day be treated with a common blood pressure drug

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2194314-ptsd-may-one-day-be-treated-with-a-common-blood-pressure-drug/

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A WIDELY used blood pressure medicine could help people overcome post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The drug seems to make it easier for people to learn to stop being afraid of a past experience. It successfully helped people in a lab test lose a mild fear they had just developed.

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People can experience PTSD after a frightening event, such as an assault or car crash. It can be debilitating, and involves nightmares and flashbacks. Antidepressants and therapy that lets people remember what happened while in safe surroundings can …

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