Forget Something? We Wish We Could
'Therapeutic forgetting' helps trauma victims endure their memories.
The Ethical Concerns continued...
Yes, there's possible downside to propranolol, McGaugh tells
WebMD. "There is a chance that another memory could be affected. If
the person gets a call and learns that they have a new grandchild during that
time, they might not have quite as strong an experience of that news.
Everything comes with a small price. But these are not amnesia
But can a pill take away remorse? "That's silliness,"
says McGaugh. Will college men rape women students because they don't feel
remorse? "Good grief. We're not talking about failing to remember what
happened. We're talking about a drug that could prevent memory from taking over
your existence, as PTSD does.
"We have people from World War II, the Korean War, the
Vietnam War, still living with the horrors of that remembered trauma. If you
asked any of these people if you would want to have PTSD or not, what do you
think their answer would be?"
Published April 9, 2004.