More than 7 million Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals cope with the condition, but a new study shows that it may be possible to prevent PTSD from developing in people who have suffered emotional turmoil.
A study conducted by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine found that by injecting muscle relaxing drugs into the brain no more than five hours after a traumatic event, patients were able to avoid PTSD. Experts say that the brain becomes overstimulated after enduring emotional turmoil, according to Pro Health, a health news site. By providing it with the calming drugs it needs to reduce activity, individuals are less likely to develop PTSD.
Newly-developed drugs, known as MPEP and MTEP showed promising results when injected into the hippocampus, according to Jelena Radulovic, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University. However, the drugs will still need to move beyond the pre-clinical trial run before they become a mainstream form of treatment.
Rehabilitation facilities may be able to provide PTSD patients with the therapy they need to manage the condition and live normal lives.