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The Therapy Pill - Article in The New Scientist


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Interesting news about d-serine, which is also being researched to help people with schizophrenia:

Talking cures for phobias or addictions take ages to detrain your brain. What if a memory-boosting drug let you do it in a day?

IT’S happening again. My heart starts pounding and my pulse races. I can feel my face flush and my palms start to sweat. It is all I can do to prevent myself from breaking into a full-blown panic attack. And yet I’m not in any real danger. I’m just at the top of an escalator, making my way down to a London Underground rail platform, along with hundreds of other Londoners who don’t seem fazed in the slightest – but the sight of the drop below me is the stuff of my nightmares.

This scenario will sound familiar to the many other people with phobias. All it takes is a worrying thought or glimpse – whether of a steep drop or a spider’s web – for the mind and body to race into panicked overdrive. These fears are difficult to conquer, largely because the best way of getting over a phobia is to expose yourself to your fear many times over.

But there may be a short cut. Drugs that work to boost learning may help someone with a phobia to “detrain their brain”, losing the fearful associations that fuel their panic.

Read the full story at link below:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129600.500#.UyH_e_SwLvA