Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, along with other trauma survivors such as rape victims, are turning to a husband and wife psychiatric team in South Carolina for treatment. While the treatment includes traditional methods such as psychotherapy, what makes them so widely sought after is a special ingredient – MDMA. As in ecstasy. And apparently it’s effective.
In a paper posted online Tuesday by the Journal of Psychopharmacology, Michael and Ann Mithoefer, the husband-and-wife team offering the treatment — which combines psychotherapy with a dose of MDMA — write that they found 15 of 21 people who recovered from severe post-traumatic stress in the therapy in the early 2000s reported minor to virtually no symptoms today. Many said they have received other kinds of therapy since then, but not with MDMA.
The Mithoefer’s give patients two doses of MDMA during therapy sessions, and results show that rolling relieves patients of their symptoms. The drug promotes the release of oxytocin, increasing feelings of trust and limiting activity of the part of the brain that flares up during fearful events.
Most have found that their score on a standard measure of symptoms — general anxiety, hyperarousal, depression, nightmares — drops by about 75 percent. That is more than twice the relief experienced by people who get psychotherapy without MDMA, the Mithoefers said.
After all, MDMA was invtented by the Germans for medical purposes. Like LSD, it was tested out in psychological experiments before hippies discovered it could be used recreationally in the 70’s.
Read more at the New York Times, or just head over to the club on rave night and roll hard on molly. It’s good for you.