The use of propranolol in dampening a person's memory: By having the opportunity to erase memories, will people's lives improve?

  • Yes, for prevention of PTSD.

    This is not about erasing the memory of a bad break-up or a crappy day. But in cases of severe trauma which is extremely likely to trigger future episodes of PTSD, I think this drug (which by the way, does not 'erase' memories) should be used to inhibit memory consolidation and prevent the vivid flashbacks of trauma survivors. For example, a rape victim who is administered propranolol in the E.R. May be able to avoid the painful flashbacks and PTSD episodes that so many survivors endure. Soldiers recovering from battle or explosions could also use this. Anything that can help to reduce the magnitude of mental health problems in our country is a good thing.

  • Yes, in cases of PTSD.

    Allowing the body to inhibit severe reactions to psychologically damaging events can be seen to be a positive thing. People suffering with PTSD, for example, aren't able to have a good quality of life. If propranolol can reduce stress and improve functionality, then I believe it should be an option for those in psychological pain.

  • Case by case, but ultimately no.

    In certain cases (for example post traumatic stress) it is perhaps beneficial to mental health, but certainly shouldn't be a regular practice to wipe away all bad memories. We need all our memories to learn from, and because they are part of who we are.
    Wiping away anything bad is also much to close to attempting to obtain oblivion through drugs for my comfort.

  • No. A person should keep their memories.

    No. A person's memories are part of their life experience and who they decide to become. If we have the ability to erase those memories, a person would not be able to learn from those life experiences. So often, we reference a particular memory with a particular action, and our minds are so much complex than science can understand. If we start tampering with the unknown, it will lead to much more bad than good.

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