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Decreases in state and trait anxiety post-psilocybin: a naturalistic, observational study…

Anxiety disorders are the most common type of psychiatric disorders among Western countries. Evidence-based treatment modalities including pharmacological and cognitive-behavioral therapy result in deficient treatment responses… the raw data supporting the conclusions of this article will be made available by the authors, without undue reservation… the authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.

Attendees of psilocybin ceremonies were asked to complete a test battery at three separate occasions: before the ceremony (baseline), the morning after, and 1 week after the ceremony. The test battery included questionnaires assessing state and trait anxiety (State-Trait Anxiety Inventory), mindfulness capacities (Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire), and personality (Big Five Inventory). Additionally, the psychedelic experience was quantified with the Persisting Effects Questionnaire and the Ego Dissolution Inventory… taken together, the present study suggests persisting reductions in anxiety symptoms and trait neuroticism, and increases in mindfulness capacities, after ingestion of psilocybin in a supportive group setting… the studies involving human participants were reviewed and approved by Ethics Review Committee of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht, Netherlands. The patients/participants provided their written informed consent to participate in this study…

Original Article (Frontiers):
Decreases in state and trait anxiety post-psilocybin: a naturalistic, observational study among retreat attendees
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