Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a diseases caused due to hard events that affects humans. After an accident, PTSD can be faced as a means of reaction by the brain to the event. However, even though this is a common condition it has to be treated well as it might lead to more complications including depression and other extreme options.
The current treatment for PTSD is working but not as efficient as we would like it to be. This is what encouraged a Doctor from the University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences to published a study evolving the current treatment. Dr. Stephen Maren, was able to prove a groundbreaking solution to the disorder and was published in the journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
According to Dr. Stephen fear plays a very important part in the solution and this was explained further by saying, “Fear relapse represents a significant problem for individuals suffering from stress- and trauma-related disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder. The work shows that stress increases the activity of fear-promoting regions of the prefrontal cortex, while at the same time reducing activity in neighboring fear-reducing regions. This shift in brain activity could be mimicked by increasing the activity of neurons that release the fight-or-flight neurotransmitter, norepinephrine. This finding paves the way for new treatments that reduce fear and its relapse after therapy.”
As the doctor said, these findings might actually change the way we perceive the disorder and might be the cause for a better and more efficient solution.