PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) is an anxiety disorder associated with serious traumatic events that are characterized by mental symptoms such as survivor guilt, flashbacks, and relieving the trauma in dreams. It is usually experienced by a person that has went through a traumatizing or life threatening event such as combat, natural diseases, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults. The person with this disorder can also suffer from other health issues such as depression, anxiety disorder, and alcohol and substance abuse. Many treatments for this disorder haven’t been much of a success. Now there is a drug that helps treat this disorder better when all other treatments fail, and you won’t believe what it is… ecstasy.
A small study has proven that the illegal drug ecstasy has had a positive use for people with PTSD. The drug, also known as MDMA, has been very beneficial to those whose previous treatments have failed. The treatment of PTSD involves thinking and trying to cope with their traumas in a therapeutic setting, but many patients can’t handle it and become overwhelmed and numb themselves emotionally to where they can’t really handle the treatment. But what MDMA (ecstasy) seems to do is that it temporarily decreases the fear of the past experience, helping the patients process their grief better.
Studies from 20 patients that had PTSD for 19 years and whose medications and psychotherapy didn’t work, came out successful from this drug. At the end of this study, more than 80 percent of these patients who received MDMA and psychotherapy no longer met the criteria for a PTSD victim, compared to only 25 percent of the placebo group. During this trial, none of the patients had any drug-related side effects of mental problems related to the drug. This study was sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for psychedelic studies.
Although ecstasy is beneficial to recovery from this disorder, many experts suggest that the safety issues and risks of this drug need to be resolved before any prescriptions or recommendations of disbursing of the drug can be made. Those with PTSD that may want to use this drug should know that is can be very dangerous if not used properly. It needs to be taken in a setting with careful monitoring and follow-ups by a therapist or doctor.
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Source: Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, www.maps.org/mdma/