New Research on Behavioral Technique Brings Hope for People having Stress Disorders

Most often the problem with people today is the kind of pressures that they face in everyday lie. Such pressure lead to extreme levels of stress and this in turn builds up a lot of tension and stress in the person. Stress can create a lot of fear in the mind of the person. Now scientists have found a method by which they can block fear in the mind using a form of behavioral technique. Let’s take a look at this in more detail.


The scientists experimented with rats. These rats were first put through a tone with shocks which they would fear. Now they had a sense of fear which was generated by this tone. They were then put through a process through which they would forget the fear. First they were exposed to the fear tone with shock and then the same tone without shocks. The result was that the sense of fear was erased.  What was also noted was that the fear could be removed from rats that were exposed to the non-fear tone within a six hour period of the fear revival process.

Reversal of fear happened because long-term memories become really fragile and hence they can be changed. When the brain tries to recall something, proteins have to be synthesized to carry out this function and to put it back into long-term storage. Such memories can be changed and such a change can make the new memory change the behavior of feeling that the previous memory represented. So, a situation that cause immense fear can be put out of the mind by exposing the mind to something called a reconsolidation window.

Now that the concept of erasing fear was carried out successfully in rats, the next step was to try it one people.  A group of people were put together and they were exposed to fear colored squares accompanied with mild wrist shocks. They were exposed to the same experience the next day as well. When their nervous system stimulus was checked, what was revealed was that the participants in the group were induced with a sense of fear. Now, the opposite effect was conducted and the result was that the fear memory as erased. The participants did not feel the fear.

However, what was generally understood from the whole process was that it is only when the participants were exposed to the consolation window within a 6-hour period of having their fear activated, did the fear easing process carry out successfully. When this fear erasing process was carried out after that period, the desired effect could not be achieved.

The main benefit in this research is that it can block out fear from the mind of people who are suffering from extreme mental stress. Stress can hold a lot of fearful and unhappy memories in the mind and this new research shows that such memories can be effectively erased to bring about better mental health. It shows promise for those who have anxiety disorders and need help to cope with the problem.

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