WIRED | How a PTSD expert developed a viable cure for heartbreak


Published: 26Jun2019

Alain Brunet, a psychologist who has studied PTSD for decades, has developed a therapy to heal what he calls “romantic betrayal”.

In his lab at McGill University in Montréal, Canada, Brunet studies victims of “romantic betrayals” using reconsolidation therapy, a method combining medical treatment and therapy sessions. And it works: 70 to 84 per cent of the participants in a study Brunet concluded in November 2018 have experienced relief following their post-break-up stress.

Brunet originally developed reconsolidation therapy to help survivors of violent attacks recover from PTSD.

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