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Stops events from making a lasting impression on you, for 6-8 hours.
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A pill that one could take that would reduce the brains ability to make new connections for a 6-8 hour period.

Now this might seem undesirable, even detrimental, but I think it could have certain unique applications. For experienced professionals in high trauma job such as cops or firefighters could use such a pill prior to entering a trauma scene so that any horrors they see on the job would be less likely to follow them to their home life.

bob, Jun 19 2014

Pharmacological prevention of combat-related PTSD http://www.ncbi.nlm...gov/pubmed/22730839
The review points to corticosteroids and propranolol as the most promising agents for future research. [xaviergisz, Jun 20 2014]

Researchers Prevent Onset of PTSD in Mice http://www.usnews.c...set-of-ptsd-in-mice
studies have suggested that morphine administered immediately after a traumatic event may help ease anxiety felt by PTSD patients [xaviergisz, Jun 20 2014]

Interventions for the Prevention of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Adults After Exposure to Psychological Trauma http://effectivehea...tion=displayproduct
Several drugs have been studied for PTSD prevention including propranolol, morphine, glucocorticoids, and selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). [xaviergisz, Jun 20 2014]

http://www.jbc.org/...t/279/39/40545.long memory transcription can only occur if Chromatins native structure is disrupted. Possible to do this with light therapy like in just like in Hanibal! [bob, Jun 20 2014]


       So, essentially an anesthetic, but one that allows you to remain functional, with all your skills intact and fully operational?   

       Any idea on how this could actually be achieved?
MechE, Jun 19 2014

       Using medication to prevent PTSD is an idea that I've seen several times over the past few years.
xaviergisz, Jun 20 2014

       umm.... isn't there a drug that when you take it and talk about a traumatic event, it lessens the memory ? or disconnects the emotions a bit, or something.... or it was a story.
FlyingToaster, Jun 20 2014

       Sounds like a great drug to take if you want to kill people and not care. Not sure I want to fund this research.
Custardguts, Jun 20 2014

       Thanks xaviergiz, i didn't conduct any research prior to posting. I suppose PTSD was top of mind, but I also was thinking of the formative effects of stressful environments on ones personality. Those that do thieve in these environment sometimes become a bit too hard, a bit too callused and may tend to prejudge the people they have to interact with. and there must be some way of treating that.   

       My idea, would be to give a pill to people prior to entering an even they know will be traumatic,that would prevent them from making any mental connections to the things the saw. I see the problem in this would be that sometimes, the need to be able to recall every vivid detail of the even they witnessed.. but perhaps video cameras will make it so this is no longer the case.   

       to custardguts: no it wouldn't stop you from feeling things, during an event, it would only avoid you being scarred by the event after. If you are worried about the potential for abuse, keep in mind that most medications are hazily restricted, perhaps even more than guns are.
bob, Jun 20 2014

       Im hoping this will remain sans M-f-d I think even if its partially baked, its a valid topic for discussion, and perhaps an idea worth refining by others.
bob, Jun 20 2014

       Can we mark stuff with a different Beach Boys song? I suggest MFGV for a start.
not_morrison_rm, Jun 20 2014

       Sounds to me like you are trying to interfere with the formation of short-term memory (in order to prevent it from becoming a long-term memory). I thought there already existed drugs that can do this particular thing.
Vernon, Jun 20 2014

       I'm sure I read a novel in which a plot element was retrograde amnesia. A blow to the head (supposedly) can cause an amnesia which covers a short time before the blow. Probably not reliable, and not suitable for repeated application.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 20 2014

       I'd comment but for some reason I can't. I just took this pill and I'm feeling very...
blissmiss, Jun 20 2014

       The question is how well will people cope with a number of chunks of their lives they have no memory of? Due to surgery and other medical procedures I've got 'gaps' in my memory covering periods I know I was conscious and functioning for but have no memory of. It feels very odd remembering the times around them.
oneoffdave, Jun 20 2014


       " i didn't conduct any research prior to posting "
normzone, Jun 20 2014

       aww thanks normzone!
bob, Jun 20 2014

       Added a link. Also found long term memories are formed by the hyppocampus. so If we can fitn some way to knock that out for a while we should be all good.
bob, Jun 20 2014

       //The question is how well will people cope with a number of chunks of their lives they have no memory of? // That's most of my life, and so far it has worked out quite well. If I want to know what I was doing, I can always buy a paper.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 20 2014


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