Ecstasy (MDMA) helps relieve treatment-resistant PTSD

Posted July 19th, 2010 by phonon

MDMA (also known as Ecstasy) may one day offer hope for individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), even people for whom other treatments have failed. Clinical trial results out today in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, published by SAGE, suggests that MDMA can be administered to subjects with PTSD without evidence of harm and could offer sufferers a vital window with reduced fear responses where psychotherapy can take effect.

"without evidence of harm" ???

penn 5 years 5 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago

apparently monkeys secured the "evidence". It is sick that PHARMAWHORES keep pushing shit that damages people more instead of providing actual relief. Depending on how much MDMA you took, you may end up depleting so much of your serotonin that fewer receptors are activated than before you took ecstasy, when you were in a normal brain state. This is what causes the "ate up" feeling that a lot of users experience when they come down. You can become very depressed at this point, feeling extremely non-social, tired and irritable. Some people at this point are tempted to take more Ecstasy, because the contrast between how they were feeling an hour earlier and how they feel now is so extreme. But when they take more, it doesn't work. While it may give the user a little more energy (i.e increase the speediness), they won't recapture the empathy and other desirable MDMA effects. Remember, Ecstasy releases (and then depletes) the serotonin that you already have. It doesn't cause more serotonin to be created. Your brain needs time in order to rebuild its serotonin levels. This could take up to two weeks. As expected, the larger the dose the greater the serotonin depletion and the longer it takes for your brain to replenish it. Can these lowered serotonin levels cause depression? Yes. There are a few pharmacological reasons why MDMA use can lead to temporary yet prolonged periods of depression. Perpetually low serotonin levels resulting from weekly MDMA use is one of these reasons. If you take ecstasy on a regular basis, you may be releasing and depleting your serotonin before it has a chance to fully replenish itself. This means you will be operating on lower-than-normal serotonin levels most of the time, and this can lead to depression. Another reason you can get depressed has to do with "receptor downgrading."

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