the pentagon & pill-popping ptsd prevention

the pentagon & pill-popping ptsd preventionfrom danger room: Darpa is hosting a one-day information session to solicit proposals for “enabling stress resistance” among troops. They’re hoping to harness advances in molecular biology (the science of cell-to-cell interaction) and neuroscience that would short-circuit the brain’s stress response… The program’s ultimate goal is quick-fix stress mitigation, using “cognitive, behavioral or pharmacological interventions that will prevent the deleterious effects of stress on the brain.”

from alternet: What they (the military) have come up with has already been dubbed “the mourning after pill.” Propranalol, if taken immediately following a traumatic event, can subdue a victim’s stress response and so soften his or her perception of the memory.

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