• Anaesthetic Could Be Used to Wipe Bad Memories And Phobias From People’s Minds by J. Gabbatis

Anaesthetic Could Be Used to Wipe Bad Memories And Phobias From People’s Minds

A Common Anesthetic Could Ease PTSD and Other Stress Disorders

Propofol reduces the intensity of traumatic memories

Propofol-induced deep sedation reduces emotional episodic memory reconsolidation in humans

 Scientists use propofol to disrupt people’s traumatic memories

Anaesthetic Could Be Used to Wipe Bad Memories And Phobias From People’s Minds

Asking patients to recall unpleasant memories shortly before being knocked out made it harder to recall those memories the next day

by J. Gabbatis, March 2019

Giving patients a dose of anaesthetic could help them to recover from past trauma or even cure phobias, a new study has suggested.

If people are asked to recall painful memories shortly before being knocked out by the drug propofol, scientists found those memories were noticeably weaker the next day.

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• Regarding Moral Injury

This comes by way of the May 2017 issue of Christian magazine Guideposts.

The Price of Caring

Moral injury is a wound to the conscience, and nothing inflicts it more deeply than war

[What follows is the story of Sergeant First Class Marshall Powell, U.S. Army, retired; he was serving in a hospital in Iraq in 2007 when they received a deluge of patients.

Among them was a five or six year old girl who was mortally wounded. There was no way for the girl to be saved. She lay in the hallway moaning in pain. There was nothing that could be done for her.

Powell administered enough morphine to knock her out and take her life – he did this to end her suffering. He spent years harboring guilt over this and suffered side-effects. What he underwent is known as “Moral Injury”]

From page 43:

Moral injury is a relatively recent term used to describe a crisis that soldiers like Marshall Powell have faced for centuries, the internal suffering that results  from doing something against your moral code. In essence it is a wound to the conscience.

What causes moral injury?

In a combat situation such as Powell’s, the damage done to a person’s psyche might result from following or issuing certain orders or from simply witnessing something that is deeply offensive to his or her moral sense.

Does it apply only to soldiers?

Not at all. In times of stress, people can act against their moral code. A poverty-stricken mother abandons her children; a drug addict commits a crime to support a habit; an office worker fabricates documents for fear of losing a job.

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