Ecstasy being used for post traumatic stress disorder therapy

March 7, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Psychiatrists have turned to the notorious party drug Ecstasy to treat veterans suffering from post traumatic stress (PTSD) and are pleased with the results.

Ecstacy, scientific name methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) produces an intimate, euphoric groove for recreational drug users but researchers treating PSTD sufferers in a therapuetic environment say patients experience a catharsis, described as “inhibiting the subjective fear response to an emotional threat”.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is sponsoring clinical trials to determine potential risks and benefits of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in treating PTSD.

Psychiatrist Michael Mithoefer who gained FDA permission to test the drug on PTSD sufferers, says:

“It’s basically like years of therapy in two or three hours. You can’t understand it until you’ve experienced it,” a former Army Ranger who took part in a recent study said in an interview. “It’s an extremely positive thing. I feel so lucky that I got to take part in the project.”

The treatment is only administered under therapist supervision.


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One Response to “Ecstasy being used for post traumatic stress disorder therapy”

  1. John Garrett on March 8th, 2009 7:50 pm

    DRUGS, DRUGS, DRUGS. What is with the so-called medical, psychiatric, psychological “profession?” That seems to be the first thing they turn to. What I really find absurd, is that the FDA and the VA bought into this garbage, while they completely ignore a proven process that has, over and over again, eliminated the PTSD of veterans, even 40 years after the incident. All without drugs, without numbing, without the vet or his/her health provider having to shell out THOUSANDS of dollars. I’m talking about the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Watch the 19 minute video at http://www.emofree.com/splash/video_vets.asp. If that doesn’t at least stir some interest in the process, then we know what “rice bowl” is being protected, and it doesn’t give a rat’s a** about the vet.

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