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Morphine Helps Reduce Traumatic Stress


The emotional fallout from traumatic experiences can be healed, and the solution discovered by doctors is morphine. In treatment of soldiers in Iraq with morphine cut in half the chances of traumatic stress, recently US Navy reported. Morphine has also reduces negative flashbacks, depression and jumpiness and it is sometimes used in administered children with severe burn injuries.

According to The New England Journal of Medicine, morphine is being used in the battlefield and emergency rooms. The opiate is not only help in reducing traumas of wars but also help other incidents like those resulting from rape or muggings. The chemical significantly help to reduce the psychiatric disorder. The chemical is gone beyond the usual treatment of war personnel and also used in civilian hospitals, where victims of rape and other mental ordeals may get benefited.

The drugs appear to blunt the emotional charge of traumatic memories in several ways. Most obviously, they kill the pain when it is most excruciating; often, they scramble the ability to recall what exactly happened. Opiates also inhibit the production of a chemical messenger called norepinephrine, which is thought to enhance fear signals in the brain.

You may not be able to take morphine unless you are already being treated with a similar opioid pain medicine and your body is tolerant to it. Talk with your doctor if you are not sure you are opioid-tolerant.
Researchers are not sure how the brain creates what is, in effect, too strong an emotional memory after a frightening experience. It may be that in those first days after the experience, people continually ruminate, reminding themselves, say, how close they came to dying. That thought in turn prompts releases of fear hormones, which further inflame the emotional charge of the memory, said Dr. Andy Morgan, a psychiatrist at the National Center for P.T.S.D. in New Haven. Opiates could keep this process in check.
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