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Post by Guest on Sat Dec 12, 2015 2:46 pm

A new study published in the latest issue of Biological Psychiatry reports the successful and instant reduction of fear in spider-fearful participants following a 2-minute exposure combined with a single dose of a regular pharmacological treatment.Typical behavioral therapies for phobia take many sessions to produce the desired effect. If recovery could be accelerated, it would reduce distress and save time and money. Drs. Marieke Soeter and Merel Kindt, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Amsterdam, sought to build on the notion of "reconsolidation", identified 15 years ago by Dr. Joseph LeDoux. He and his team discovered that when memories are activated, they may be modified in fundamental ways to strengthen or weaken them.

This neuroscience breakthrough resulted from their findings that administration of a drug upon activation of a fearful memory induced amnesia for that learned fear. However, pharmacologically induced amnesia has only been convincingly demonstrated for fears created in the laboratory in animals and in healthy participants. In this study, Soeter and Kindt recruited 45 volunteers with spider fear. The participants were randomized to receive a single dose of either propranolol, a beta blocker used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions, or placebo following brief exposure to a tarantula. Those who received propranolol displayed drastically reduced avoidance behavior and increased approach behavior, an effect that persisted for one year..

"Here we show for the first time that an amnesic drug given in conjunction with memory reactivation transformed avoidance behavior to approach behavior in people with a real-life spider fear. The new treatment is more like surgery than therapy," said Kindt. "Currently patients with anxiety disorders and PTSD receive multiple sessions of cognitive behavioral treatment or daily drug intake with a gradual (and often temporary) decline of symptoms," added Kindt. "The proposed revolutionary intervention involves one single, brief intervention that leads to a sudden, substantial and lasting loss of fear."

More research is necessary, to extend these findings to patient populations and more severe phobias, in addition to testing the outcome with other variables. However, as Dr. John Krystal, Editor of Biological Psychiatry, commented, "This elegant study may suggest a strategy for accelerating the recovery from anxiety disorders." Indeed, these promising findings may ultimately lead to a new treatment strategy that erases the emotional impact of intensely fearful memories, which would signify a true paradigm shift in the practice of psychotherapy.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-12-one-session-treatment-phobia.html


Interesting, though I am sure Eddie's method as to how to deal with a fear of spiders is this.







https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CP9dg38cAI


lol!

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Post by eddie on Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:09 pm

Hahahahah you beat me to it!! lol!

Interesting though, I'd love to be cured of my fear of those things (not saying it out loud because Veya will post a pic) Shocked

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Post by Lord Foul on Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:34 pm

spider can (can)

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Post by Lord Foul on Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:43 pm

Richard The Lionheart wrote:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYIUFEQeh3g

Heart it.......

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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:51 am

eddie wrote:Hahahahah you beat me to it!! lol!

Interesting though, I'd love to be cured of my fear of those things (not saying it out loud because Veya will post a pic) Shocked

So you know how i Bought this farm house out in the bush

Well the first night i was stayed there (2 weeks ago) it was full spider infestation with several dozen large huntsmen and tonnes of smaller spiders.
Unfortunately i didn't have a camera (also deer lots of deer within 30 meters of house)

Anyway Something I found amusing but sure would give you a heart attack
I had the light on and turned it off to see how dark it would be and literally seconds from the light switching off
this Big huntsman (about 20cm leg span) crawled out from the side of the window sill.
so I switched the light on and she crawled back into the sill, switched it off and she came out switched if on and back she went.
Smile Smile it was funny literally flick switch and she changed directions.

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Post by Ben Reilly on Tue Dec 15, 2015 4:35 am

I find it interesting that this is linked (if only somewhat) to high blood pressure. I have had several relatives with high blood pressure who have always seemed way more uptight than me ...

My BP is generally something like 100/60, by the way

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Post by Raggamuffin on Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:06 am

I'm not convinced that being uptight is linked to high blood pressure. In any case, propranolol is used for other purposes, and it has a sedative effect in some people.

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Post by Raggamuffin on Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:07 am

eddie wrote:Hahahahah you beat me to it!! lol!

Interesting though, I'd love to be cured of my fear of those things (not saying it out loud because Veya will post a pic) Shocked

You can cure yourself, you don't need someone else to do it for you.

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