The treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) involves intensive care and attention. A promising aid in this treatment could be the illicit drug Ecstasy. Researchers indicate the use of Ecstasy can make psychotherapy more effective for people with PTSD.
"PTSD treatment involves revisiting the trauma in a therapeutic setting, but many patients become overwhelmed by anxiety or numb themselves emotionally, and so they can't really successfully engage," said study lead researcher Dr. Michael Mithoefer, a psychiatrist in private practice in Charleston, S.C. "But what we found is that the MDMA seemed to temporarily decrease fear without blunting emotions, and so it helped patients better process their grief.
At the end of the trial, more than 80% of the patients who received a combination of MDMA and psychotherapy no longer met the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder, compared with only 25% of the placebo group.
It’s important to note that MDMA was used even before it became a recreational street drug, Ecstasy. Therapists in the US and Europe provided MDMA as a clinical catalyst to psychotherapy. Read more about it [here] .