Tim White

Tylenol for Emotional Pain?
Tylenol for Emotional Pain?

Have we finally found the solution to the existential fear of death that
has plagued mankind throughout its existence in a Tylenol bottle? Psychologists
at the University of British Columbia have apparently discovered that
acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, may help certain people
overcome the fear and anxiety they feel when they think about their own
mortality.

PsychCentral cites lead researcher Daniel Randles explaining
it: “Pain exists in many forms, including the distress that people feel when
exposed to thoughts of existential uncertainty and death. Our study suggests
these anxieties may be processed as ‘pain’ by the brain — but Tylenol seems to
inhibit the signal telling the brain that something is wrong.”

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time Tylenol has been found to be
useful for psychological pain. Previous research found that acetominophen could
help people deal with the pain of a newly broken heart