Can Ecstasy Help with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

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Thu Dec 4 13:04:02 EST 2003


A new study is set to begin in January to determine whether the club drug
ecstasy, or MDMA, can be effective in treating post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD), the Guardian reported Nov. 24.

In particular, the researchers will evaluate whether the emotional closeness
associated with use of the drug could help victims of rape and sexual abuse
talk more openly to therapists.

"What we'd like to do is develop MDMA into a prescription medicine," said
Rick Doblin, the founder and head of the Multidisciplinary Association for
Psychedelic Studies, which is coordinating and funding the new trial. "MDMA
has a dramatic ability to help people express deeper emotions, to look at
emotionally conflicted topics from their past and it promotes a certain

The study, which is the first of its kind, will include 20 victims of crime who are suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and are finding it difficult to talk about their experience.
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