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Could LSD be the newest treatment for depression?

According to a study at the University of Basel, lysergic acid diethylamide, or “LSD,” a psychedelic drug, could be used as a form of treatment for depression and other mood disorders … traditionally, most treatments for depression involve cognitive behavioral therapy or interpersonal therapy paired with medications that moderate levels of serotonin, like serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

A third-year student, who asked that his name not be used, spoke about his experiences with LSD and the effects that it had on his life personally, especially in regards to coping with depression. “I definitely think that dropping LSD has helped me deal with my depression,” the anonymous student said. “And not having that censor over yourself while you’re tripping makes it easier to ask yourself hard questions and deal with personal issues without feeling the weight of those issues because it feels more like you’re just playing with a problem on paper or something. And it lets you take a breath…” Traditionally, most treatments for depression involve cognitive behavioral therapy or interpersonal therapy paired with medications that moderate levels of serotonin, like serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

Original Article (Cavalier Daily):
Could LSD be the newest treatment for depression?
Artwork Fair Use: Wladyslaw Sojka

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