Ecstasy-assisted psychotherapy shows promising results for PTSD

An illegal drug popularized by the rave culture of the 90′s could have beneficial applications in psychological science.

Using ecstasy, known scientifically as methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), to assist psychotherapy could be a viable treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to research published today in the respectable Journal of Psychopharmacology.

PTSD is a debilitating and often chronic condition characterized by anxiety, hypervigilance and intrusive recollection of traumatic memories, including nightmares and flashbacks. The disorder is most common among those who have experienced warfare and victims of sexual assault, along with others who have experienced traumatic situations like car crashes. It is associated with a heightened risk of suicide.

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