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MDMA may help treat PTSD – but beware of claims that Ecstasy is a magic bullet – The Conversation Africa

There’s buzz about MDMA – yes, the same ingredient in the street drug known as Ecstasy – being a game changer in the treatment of PTSD. A psychiatrist who treats…



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Recent clinical trials, including one soon to be published in Nature Medicine, have suggested that MDMA combined with psychotherapy may help treat post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The news generated considerable optimism and excitement in the media, and some in the scientific community.
As a psychiatrist and an expert in neurobiology and treatment of PTSD, I think these developments may be important but not the major breakthrough that some people are suggesting. This approach is not a new…

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