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Ecstasy May Help Treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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A new study suggests Ecstasy may help treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to The New York Times.

Researchers in South Carolina found Ecstasy combined with psychotherapy helped 15 of 21 patients recover from severe post-traumatic stress. Most of the patients in the study were rape victims.

It is unknown whether the treatment is effective in war-related PTSD, the article notes. The researchers are beginning to test the drug in veterans. “We’ve had more than 250 vets call us,” researcher Michael Mithoefer told the newspaper. “There’s a long waiting list, we wish we could enroll them all.” He and his wife, Ann, will work with other scientists to test the treatment in no more than 24 veterans, in order to comply with Food and Drug Administration rules for testing an experimental drug.

Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, is not approved for any medical uses. Previous studies of the drug suggest it induces release of the hormone oxytocin, which increases sensations of trust and affection. The drug also appears to reduce activity in the brain that increases during fearful, threatening situations.

The study appears in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

1 Response to this article

  1. Avatar of Jason Campbell
    Jason Campbell / November 26, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I always knew that ex never effected users mentally for a long period of time your body has its own way of healing itself, as long as you stop abuseing what ever your talking and recover you should be ok, i noticed that mentally i never was effected by ex, only if i thought long deep and hard about what others had to say about the side effects of a using mdma thats when i truely started to begin to panic. Realisticly so as one thinks then he becomes so if you think that you have been effected by ex then you act like it. but point to conclusion is we are all ok. Dont listen to the hype about the asumptions of other peoples opinon. Im glad somebody can finally come out and spread the truth about the true effects of ex. Mind you im not convincing those that are reading this to continue on using the drug im just saying dont worry all is alright.

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