with Propranolol when under Stress
December 17th, 2005
Propranolol is commonly prescribed
to treat a variety of disorders including high blood pressure, heart
arrhythmias, migraines, and panic attacks. Two studies show that stress
declines thinking and Propranolol helps to counter the effects.
The first study by Ohio State
University Medical Center had volunteers watch two different types of
movies, a war movie (Saving Private Ryan) and a comedy (Shrek). After
viewing the movies they were asked to do a series of problem solving
tests. The tests questions related to the war movie were much worse
than with the comedy movie. The researchers believe that these findings
will eventually help in improvements for people with anxiety disorders
and substance abuse problems.
The second study discovered that
Propranolol in healthy people without any history of anxiety disorder
was beneficial in stressful situations.
The Propranolol blocked the
norepinephrine, which is stress hormone that is released when you are
feeling under pressure.
"Essentially, we propose that this
state of arousal resulting from stress inhibits a person's ability to
access mental resources to solve problems in a flexible manner under
stressful circumstances, and that a specific system in the brain may be
responsible for that effect," said in a statement by neurologist David
Beversdorf, senior author of the studies.
By limiting the stress hormones a
person is able to think more clearly.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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