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Acetaminophen May Blunt Both Positive And Negative Emotions

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Crazy scary to think that even the most innocuous of OTC meds can blunt your emotions. What are all those antidepressants, anti-anxiety meds, sedatives, sleeping pills, ADHD helpers, and other drugs that are specifically designed to change your emotional state doing to your affect?

Basically, every drug does something to our mind and emotional state.

This is a positive spin on an otherwise surprising discovery:

“This means that using Tylenol or similar products might have broader consequences than previously thought,” says Geoffrey Durso, the lead author of the study and a doctoral student at OSU. “Rather than just being a pain reliever, acetaminophen can be seen as an all-purpose emotion reliever.”

These results may also have an impact on psychological theory:

An important question in psychological research is whether the same biochemical factors control how we react to both positive and negative events in our lives. A common theory is that certain factors control how we react to the bad things that happen in life — for example, how devastated people feel when they go through a divorce. But this study offers support to a relatively new theory that says that common factors may influence how sensitive we are to both the bad as well as the good things in life.

“There is accumulating evidence that some people are more sensitive to big life events of all kinds, rather than just vulnerable to bad events,” Durso said.


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