MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Better for PTSD Patients, Say Researchers

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Better for PTSD Patients, Say ResearchersA team of researchers from the National Center for PTSD has recently uncovered that the party drug Ecstasy though is used for abuse. The controlled trial of ecstasy MDMA or methylenedioxymethamphetamine, if mixed with psychotherapy, and given to patients of PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder), can relieve them.

It is being said by Dr. Michael Mithoefer, who is a South Carolina psychiatrist, that the drug not proves effective on the patients, but is safe as well. Those patients, whose condition is not improved with any standard psychotherapy and antidepressants combo, can extremely be benefitted with the new combination.

The study has been published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, which has revealed that existing drugs are only effective on some 20% of PTSD patients. However, the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy works on most of them.

Almost 8% of Americans suffer from the condition each year, which is a severe mental-health problem and needs treatment on time. Therefore, the new therapy may prove a magic in addressing the same.

However, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) also works effectively, the team affirms. But, many patients do not like discussing the extremely painful events. "We do know that MDMA decreases activity in the left amygdala, and increases it in the prefrontal cortex -- brain areas associated with emotion and higher thinking, respectively", said Dr. Michael Mithoefer.