A pill that erases traumatic experiences. Would you take it?

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    Mar 16, 2012 6:31 PM GMT
    I was reading "WIRE" magazine when I came across an interesting article. "In a medical breakthrough, researchers have discovered that proteins can be removed from the brain’s fear centre to wipe out traumatic memories."

    No way would I take this. I've had bad experiences when I was younger but I chose to grow from these things and am a stronger person because of it.

    I know this is mainly for very traumatic things like women being raped or for soldiers that have seen horrific scenes, but the question still stands: if you had the opportunity to take this would you?


    Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1332181/Experts-make-breakthrough-help-people-forget-traumatic-past-events.html
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:43 PM GMT
    Yup
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:47 PM GMT
    How very Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
  • Syphon

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    Mar 16, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    If the traumatic experience were causing severe mental distress and instability then it would be a great therapy over the medications they have now that seem to fuck you up more.
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:50 PM GMT
    It would depend on how bad the experience was. I've never had something on the level of an assault or anything like that happen to me. Traumatic experiences like that have a huge impact on people's lives in ways that we really don't understand yet. I can see how taking a pill would seem like a viable option if a past trauma is having a major effect on your life.
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
    Yes, so that way we can develop more technology to rewire our brains and become mindless drones enslaved to the new world order... #goodstuff
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    Mar 16, 2012 7:06 PM GMT
    Syphon saidIf the traumatic experience were causing severe mental distress and instability then it would be a great therapy over the medications they have now that seem to fuck you up more.


    And then wait three years, to see how much this new "magic pill" actually fucks you up even more.

  • tautomer

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    Mar 16, 2012 7:06 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidNo ... how else are you going to learn from life's lessons?


    This.


    For experiences that are profoundly traumatic I can see this being of use. I have never experienced so severe as the permenantly hinder my life, so I would not need the use of it.
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    Mar 16, 2012 7:11 PM GMT

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    Mar 16, 2012 7:42 PM GMT
    I'd rather take a double dose of cyanide. I read that stuff wipes out your memory, too.
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    Mar 16, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    Nah, I'd rather drink my pain away icon_smile.gif. Especially if its a killer bottle of wine.
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    Mar 16, 2012 7:56 PM GMT
    I'd rather remember traumatic experiences I've suffered through. I've learned something from each one, and the lessons learned help me to not make those mistakes again....(in cases where I had some responsibility).
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    Mar 16, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
    I've been following this for a while. It is a therapy which might be useful for severe betrayal trauma and I considered it to help me deal with some betrayal I've experienced but instead have been working on myself to be able to deal with it without drugs in the hopes that I will create the proper structures in my brain without using meds.

    How I think I understand how it works is that it does not "wipe out traumatic memories" but rather it disassociates traumatic emotions which can be tied to certain memories.

    So you'd still have the memories, but they wouldn't carry the same baggage about them.

    See also

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propranolol
    &
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U0126
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    Mar 16, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidIs this pill better than dope? 'Cos the dope is working pretty good. icon_biggrin.gif


    I think it's actually better than dope.

    From what I understand drinking yourself to death and taking drugs just suppress the memories, not eradicate them.

    But I heard dope and alcohol are good alternatives haha
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    Mar 16, 2012 8:04 PM GMT
    if it had no side effects, yeah.
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    Mar 16, 2012 8:12 PM GMT
    horrible idea, our life experiences both good and bad shape us as people as we learn lifes lessons and become stronger people

    erasing an experience by taking a pill...um sorry, thats living in fantasy land
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    Mar 16, 2012 8:18 PM GMT
    jerseywoof saidhorrible idea, our life experiences both good and bad shape us as people as we learn lifes lessons and become stronger people

    erasing an experience by taking a pill...um sorry, thats living in fantasy land


    +1
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    Mar 16, 2012 8:28 PM GMT
    jerseywoof saidhorrible idea, our life experiences both good and bad shape us as people as we learn lifes lessons and become stronger people

    erasing an experience by taking a pill...um sorry, thats living in fantasy land


    It actually can be useful for those who get stuck on a thought such as a person who gets stuck in one of the phases of mourning without ever coming out of it. Certainly some sort of psychotherapy would be preferred but some memories are so incredibly emotion-laden that not even psychotherapy might help.

    For instance, a Holocaust surviving parent of a college roommate of mine who spent his early life in concentration camps--his entire family wiped out in front of his young eyes--spent his entire life screaming every night in his sleep. No amount of psychotherapy would ever remove from him that pain.

    Now, some would not want that pain removed, for whatever religious or for whatever reason. But if someone wanted the pain to be gone, this type of method could be a viable option for them to live a more enjoyable, peaceful life.
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    Mar 16, 2012 8:29 PM GMT
    jerseywoof saidhorrible idea, our life experiences both good and bad shape us as people as we learn lifes lessons and become stronger people
    erasing an experience by taking a pill...um sorry, thats living in fantasy land



    Uhhh, yea....like getting raped, mugged etc. will make you a stronger person.
    What a moronic statement....
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    Mar 16, 2012 8:32 PM GMT
    no it's how we learne, as well I've become good at getting something good out of a bad experience; sometimes you just have to wait for enough time to pass to be able to see it.
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    Mar 16, 2012 8:53 PM GMT
    Yes I would take it.
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Mar 16, 2012 9:03 PM GMT
    no way in hell those experiences r what make me who i am so not a chance in hell. what doesnt kill u only makes u stronger so i lived through what i have in the past and i tmakes me a better man today.
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    Mar 16, 2012 9:03 PM GMT
    est89 said
    jerseywoof saidhorrible idea, our life experiences both good and bad shape us as people as we learn lifes lessons and become stronger people

    erasing an experience by taking a pill...um sorry, thats living in fantasy land


    +1


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    Mar 16, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    Fuck no, I'm a visual artist, I need to be fucked up or else no good art.
  • LJay

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    Mar 16, 2012 9:12 PM GMT
    I prefer the vapor.