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Minocycline for PTSD: Inhibition of Fear Memory Retention via MMP-9 (2024 Study)

Recent research has uncovered the potential of minocycline, a tetracycline antibiotic, in modifying fear memory retention. A new study conducted by Yanfang Xia and colleagues, published in Translational Psychiatry, highlights how minocycline could play a role in treating anxiety and stress-related disorders. Highlights: Study Basis: The study was based on Pavlovian fear conditioning as a …

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EMDR Therapy For PTSD (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)

In the 1980s, a literature professor named Francine Shapiro had received a diagnosis of cancer, triggering significant psychological shock.  Anyone diagnosed with a life-threatening condition like cancer may be unable to cope with the stress that accompanies the diagnosis.  When the stress following an event (in the case of Francine it was a diagnosis) becomes …

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Repressed Memories: Causes, Mechanisms, & Coping Strategies

In some cases, individuals may experience a traumatic event that triggers such a potent stress response via the sympathetic nervous system, that memory of the event becomes repressed.  The potency of the stress-response exceeds their innate ability to cope and other coping resources.  Emotions associated with the traumatic event are often overpowering, leading to intense …

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