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Ecstasy and PTSD

Dear Dr. Guterson: Someone told me that ecstasy can help people with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Is this really true? A: Yes, based on a study performed in 2021, it does appear to be true. Ecstasy (also called ‘Molly’ or MDMA) increases both oxytocin and serotonin, and thereby the thought is that it can increase resilience. It also appears to target the area of the brain called the amygdala, which is thought to be the biological center for those afflicted with PTSD. Together with appropriate PTSD therapy and a living connection with our soul that knows no bounds, ecstasy may well be an extremely powerful treatment as we go forward. In my private practice, I have yet to use it - but I definitely am looking into it moreso based on this study.

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