Researchers from Leicester University are not far from creating a pill that will be able to combat stress. Their study focused mainly on the chemistry of the brain and how it manages to switch from fear to anxiety and sometimes even depression.
The Daily Mail revealed that the pill is not at all similar to anti-depressants, which are only used by patients who manifest a steady deterioration of their health. Scientists have discovered that a protein named neropsin, which is synthesized in the amygdala, represents the main trigger to the brain’s fear setting. This protein is produced by the brain when stress levels peak. Chemical reactions take place when a person is afraid, and are soon to change into powerful emotions such as ones related to stress or anxiety.
Robert Pawlak, the leader of the science team at Leicester University, said: “Studies in mice revealed that upon feeling stressed, they stayed away from zones in a maze where they felt unsafe.”
However, when the proteins produced by the amygdala were blocked the mice did not exhibit the same trait
The experiments were only done on mice as they are the only mammals that show a cell structure similar to that of humans. Neropsin appears to also have a changing effect on human. All the details concerning this study can be found in the journal Nature.
People who are currently suffering from post-traumatic stress or don’t respond well to basic treatments may want to try out this new pill. Depression is known to install rapidly if behavioral issues are not solved with the help of proper medical treatment alongside psychological aid. The studies made on neropsin can help dampen these effects, if not even reduce them to the point where a patient can be cured.
Dr. Pawlak also said:
Our discovery opens up new possibilities for the prevention and treatment of stress-related psychiatric disorders such as depression and post traumatic stress disorder.
Neropsin is the main culprit when it comes to stress. As this protein is already known to scientists, an inhibitor pill is not far from being produced in the near future.