Study: Acetaminophen may help individuals overcome non-specific fear and anxiety

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    Apr 19, 2013 2:10 AM GMT
    http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/04/17/acetaminophen-seems-to-ease-some-existential-fears/53821.html

    New research suggests acetaminophen (Tylenol) may help individuals overcome non-specific fear and anxiety brought about by thinking about death or the human condition.

    According to lead researcher Daniel Randles and colleagues at the University of British Columbia, the new findings suggest that Tylenol may have more profound psychological effects than previously understood.

    The study, which posits an expanded view of how the human brain processes different kinds of pain, is published in the journal Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
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    Apr 19, 2013 2:43 AM GMT
    This thread scares the fuck out of me! icon_eek.gif

    Anyone got any Tylenol I can borrow?
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    Apr 19, 2013 8:59 PM GMT
    Trade your liver for some Tylenol?
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    Apr 23, 2013 8:18 PM GMT
    I'd love to see the original paper. Interesting implications here...

    One of the potential problems is that people could be too quick to jump to medicating anxiety (and potentially developing psychological dependency on acetaminophen, for example) rather than using something like cognitive behavioural therapy to get to the root of their anxiety. The 'instantaneity' of the medication route makes it seem appealing, but the long term consequences are potentially dire.

    A possible next step would be to add cognitive therapy as a condition into a well designed study to compare with the administration of acetaminophen and with a placebo effect. This study does show some potential with anxiety treatment, but it's too early to make a definite conclusion about the merit of acetaminophen over other treatment options.