Laughing gas successfully helps to struggle with depression, alcoholism and PTSD

Scientists from the Medical school at Washington University in St. Louis (USA) published data from a study of the use of nitrous oxide for the treatment and prevention of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Work in this direction started in 2014 and progress is inconsistent. Scientists were able to prove the possibility of the use of this substance, also known as “laughing gas”, for the treatment of such conditions as alcoholism or clinical depression. But the effectiveness of treatment and duration of positive impact are still in question.

Doctors like nitrous oxide as an analgesic due to the low cost and high safety profile, it is used as a quick pain reliever for the second hundred years. Recent studies have shown that nitrous oxide is capable of blocking the NMDA-receptor is a key tool to ensure the operation of memory and the formation of knowledge, memories and experience. In particular, and negative, which scientists want to “remove” from the brain of a patient suffering from PTSD.

The exact mechanisms of action of nitrous oxide on NMDA-receptor is still under study. In a very simplified form of therapy is to ensure that when you receive a negative experience or feelings, the brain could not remember, it was not created leads to worry and anxiety. For example, if a veteran with PTSD will see footage of the fighting, he could see the panic. But if the view to give the patient nitrous oxide, it will be detached to watch the video without linking frames on the screen with their own memories.

Alas, in practice still varies greatly from patient to patient. Where one gets “enlightened” and more weeks does not experience anxiety attacks other negative symptoms overtake again within a day. With alcohol or depression is still more difficult – the patient is guaranteed subsides after inhalation of laughing gas, but how long will it stay in this state, it is impossible to predict.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Releated

Physicists have learned to turn plastic bottles in supercapacitors

Scientists from the University of California, riverside have developed a technology to produce components for supercapacitors from regular waste. We are talking about polyethylene terephthalate or PET, which is made most of plastic bottles. This material is from an economic point of view is significantly superior to high-tech raw materials, like graphene or carbon nanotubes. […]

Looks like a screwdriver of the XXI century

Recently Techcult wrote about the drill of the XXI century with a touchscreen and lasers. But the screwdriver is traditionally considered to be more simple, reliable and very straightforward tool. What similar high-tech screwdriver advanced Italian production? And it is similar to the Kinetic device Driver. Kinetic Driver designed by the Italian designer Giacomo Di […]

Our Solar system is most similar to space croissant

The sun emits powerful electromagnetic winds that envelop the planet in our solar system like a giant bubble. This magnetic bubble is called the heliosphere and protects the planet from dangerous space radiation. Scientists have long believed that the heliosphere is in the form of a comet – with a distinct nose and long flowing […]

Some homemade masks turned out to be more dangerous than no

Despite the fact that the industry has recovered from the shock of the first days of the pandemic COVID-19 and now produces enough facial masks of different types, most people in the world due to various reasons use homemade versions. Everyone understands that they are less effective than professional medical model, but the question is: […]