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Re: Opioid Receptors and posttraumatic stress djmmm

Posted by Elizabeth on May 22, 2002, at 18:02:55

In reply to Opioid Receptors and depression (Elizabeth), posted by djmmm on May 20, 2002, at 13:54:35

That's interesting, but it doesn't seem to say anything about depression. Posttraumatic stress is an anxiety disorder and is quite different from depression, IMO, although most people who have PTSD seem to be diagnosed with depression also (one way to get an idea of what "depression" means in the case of a particular individual is to look at comorbidity). PTSD can make people more likely to overreact emotionally, easily startled, irritable, etc. Based on the information in this article, I'd expect a person suffering from PTSD to be calmed by morphine (not surprising). What's curious is that morphine can also restore emotional responsiveness to a seriously depressed person. These seem to be opposite effects, but maybe I'm looking at it from the wrong angle.

-elizabeth


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