A team of researchers have made a major discovery which might have a big impact on our emotional and psychological well-being. It might really be possible to remove bad thoughts from our mind, if your nervous system has plenty reserves of a specific neurotransmitter, known as GABA.
GABA is the secret to control bad thoughts
GABA is an acronym for gamma-Aminobutyric acid, and its performance has been linked even before with good and bad thoughts. Scientists used to think the human mind is incapable of keeping negative thoughts at bay because the GABA present in the prefrontal cortex does not act as it should. This area of the brain is responsible with the control of memory and decisions.
However, the new study discovered a new location for the GABA capable of controlling these thoughts, and this location is the hippocampus. Therefore, researchers say that the more GABA you have in the hippocampus, the more capable you are of keeping negativity at bay.
The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, offers the best explanation to the fact that many people have trouble with paranoia, bringing back traumatic memories, or worrying for no apparent reason. This can lead to many other serious conditions, as being unable to control bad thoughts is one of the symptoms of several mental disorders.
This might offer possible future treatments for a series of psychiatric disorders
Researchers performed a series of memory tests on the participants, and they analyzed their ability to suppress intrusive thoughts. The method they used is known as Think/No-Think Paradigm. After collecting all the data, researchers processed it through MRI. The results showed that those who had more GABA in their hippocampus were better at controlling their thoughts and bringing back bad memories.
This means that improving the levels of hippocampal GABA can help patients with conditions like PTSD, anxiety, schizophrenia, or depression. However, the findings are only theoretical, so researchers have still a long way until they find an effective treatment.
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