In the world full of threatening news, a Montreal researcher has come up with a way to take the emotional sting that is caused by a bad breakup by making some medicine the memories with the help of Beta-blockers and therapy.
“Often when you recall memory, if there’s something new to learn, this memory will unlock and you can update it, and it will be saved again,” the Canadian clinical psychologist tells the BBC.
“We’re using this enhanced understanding on how memories are formed and how they are unlocked and updated and saved again – we’re essentially using this recent knowledge coming out of neuroscience to treat patients,” says Dr Brunet.
“Imagine that you are shooting a movie in an old-fashioned way so you have the image and the sound and they are on two separate channels,” he says.
Dr Brunet has collaborated with other PTSD researchers, including Harvard University’s PTSD expert Dr Roger Pitman, in studying the method.
More recently, he launched a programme in France in the wake of deadly terror attacks in Paris and Nice, training some 200 doctors in the therapy to help treat victims, witnesses and first responders.
So far, over 400 people have undergone the therapy in that country as part of the programme.