Psychology

Using Ecstasy to treat PTSD: ‘I felt like my soul snapped back into place

The FDA says that federal law and internal regulations prohibit the agency from commenting on studies about pending applications or drugs still in development … More than 100 patients have been treated in a series of trials in the U.S., Switzerland and Israel. In the largest to be published, more than 80 percent of participants were significantly better at their long-term follow-up – as many as six years after the last treatment

In nearly a decade trying to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by childhood abuse, Jessi Appleton compiled a medical chart that reads like a Chinese restaurant menu. Biofeedback. Neurofeedback. Anti-depressants. Anti-anxiety medication. She tried a popular treatment called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), where she spent hours letting her gaze follow a therapist’s hand as it moved through carefully prescribed patterns. She tried another gaze-based therapy, called brainspotting. Ot’alora says her role is mostly supportive. Echoing Appleton’s description, she says the drug seems to help patients let go of their inner critic, or inner demons. “That part of you becomes a witness, saying, ‘This is what’s happening to you, this is what happened to you and this is how it felt.’ It’s very matter of fact.”

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Using Ecstasy to treat PTSD: ‘I felt like my soul snapped back into place
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