Psychology

MDMA could reduce anxiety in adults with autism

*autism increase in United States

On a test which is commonly used to assess the impact of social phobia, known as the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS), the placebo group experienced reductions of 19.3 points on average compared to 44.1 points for the MDMA group.

“What was particularly notable for many of the participants after treatment was their increased self-confidence when interacting in social settings, an endeavor that in the past they had experienced as overwhelming,” Charles Grob, an author of the study, said in a statement. Participants who had received the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy reported increased confidence in social interactions at school, in friendships, at work and in romantic relationships. “I felt like I was experiencing my best self and seeing the world for the first time and seeing myself for the first time,” one participant noted. Another said: “I realized communication is not just about talking. Now, I take time to notice my emotions and others’ emotions before talking.”

Original Article (Newsweek):
 MDMA could reduce anxiety in adults with autism
Artwork Fair Use: National Institutes of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health

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