Medicine/Healing

PTSD and ecstasy: science and perception

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Chronic PTSD is a relatively common condition in military personnel returning from active duty. However, it can be a difficult illness to treat. Some individuals respond to antidepressants such as sertraline or paroxetine, and some respond to specific types of psychotherapies. Nevertheless, these treatments do not substantially help many individuals suffering from moderate to severe symptoms of PTSD.

PTSD symptoms were substantially diminished in those receiving 75 mg and 125 mg MDMA when compared to the group receiving 30 mg. Six of the 7 in the 75 mg group and 7 of the 12 in the 125 mg group no longer met criteria for a PTSD diagnosis; only 2 of 7 in the 30 mg group achieved this level of response. Also, global psychological function substantially improved in those receiving 75 mg and 125 mg in comparison to those receiving 30 mg. Results from 75 mg were at least as good as results from 125 mg. Following the double-blind portion of the study, those who received the 30 mg and 75 mg doses participated in an open-label trial of three additional sessions consisting of 100–125 mg MDMA and accompanying therapy. Those who received the 125 mg dose in the original double-blind portion of the study received one further session. The substantial improvements that occurred one month after the double-blind phase of the study were maintained a year after the open-label phase of the study.

Original Article (Psychology Today):
PTSD and Ecstasy: Science and Perception
Artwork Fair Use: Jim.henderson

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