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Can Hallucinations Lead To Post-traumatic Growth?

Contemplate how a person’s life would be changed by starting to hear or see things others can’t. Now imagine it could offer something good. A research team from Hull University and associated NHS trusts in the UK suggest that, among the tumult, hallucinations can also offer opportunities for growth. Writing in the Journal of Psychology […]

Focusing On Context Could Lessen Impact Of Emotionally Intrusive Memories

When intrusive negative memories pop into consciousness, turning attention to the contextual details of the incident rather than the emotional fallout could help minimize cognitive disruption and redirect the brain’s resources to the task at hand, a new study by psychologists at the University of Illinois suggests. “Everyone has encountered something distressing either in the […]

Dentate Gyrus Neurons Rewrite Long Term Fear Memories

Remote fear attenuation in the brain is connected to the activity of the same group of neurons that are also involved in storing these memories, scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have found. Memories of traumatic experiences can lead to mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can destroy a […]

Is Psychiatry Ready For Medical MDMA?

Within five years, science will likely have answered a controversial question: can methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) treat psychiatric disorders? After some studies showing a positive effect, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy is entering final clinical trials as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If these trials show positive results, MDMA will go from an illegal drug to a prescription […]