PTSD Expert Solves Heartbreak


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Heartbreak at a young age is more impactful than we think.

Ricoya Black, Opinion Editor

As vulnerable young people, we tend to get our hearts broken a lot, or think we get our hearts broken for the most part. And we think that there is no possible way that we will ever survive. It could be something as minuscule as the person we like having feelings for someone else or even more serious heartbreak like our significant other leaving us for somebody else. Well, whether the damage done to your heart is just a little scratch or it is completely split in two, I have terrific news for you. 

Subsequent to a study that he conducted on victims of heartbreak, Alaine Brunet, a British psychologist who has studied Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for many years, has recently come to the conclusion that the proper strategy of getting over a heartbreak is to tend to the memory. Simply put, the cure for heartbreak is to reflect on the good memories of your ended relationship by writing it down and then reading it out loud while simultaneously taking the drug propranolol. 

According to Brunet’s study, therapy sessions combined with the intake of the drug propranolol will cause the broken – hearted to feel as if they are reading their own memories written in a novel, except the pain is not there anymore. 

What is propranolol, you ask? According to Medical News Today,  Propranolol is a prescription drug that is used to decrease blood pressure, which if you have ever gotten your heart broken then you know that it causes stress. Propranolol comes in the form of capsules, tablets, oral solution and a solution used for injections.

But here is a more familiar strategy that could be equally effective. Overland senior Brandie Smith told the scout that when she got her heart broken, it was a tragic experience. It was unimaginable. It felt like my heart ached but ten times worse.” Smith told the Scout. When asked what she does to cope and to get over her heartbreak, Smith stated that she writes down what she went through because it is better than talking to people who wouldn’t understand. Smith also stated that she constantly reminds herself of who she is and what she is worth.

Our “young person” heartbreak might not be PTSD level traumatic and as a result might not require the intake of propranolol. However, reflecting on, talking about and writing down our traumatic experiences with heartbreak should do the trick. It will not cause amnesia where you completely forget it ever happened but at the very least, you will feel much better.