London: Ecstasy may prove useful to distressed victims of post-traumatic stress in overcoming their demons, research has revealed. During a test, scientists found dramatic effect on previously untreatable patients who had suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for more than 19 years.
By contrast, only two out of eight patients offered a "dummy" placebo showed an improvement. Three individuals so badly affected by their condition that they could not hold down a job were able to return to work. "This pilot study demonstrates that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy with close follow-up monitoring and support can be used with acceptable and short-lived side effects in a carefully screened group of subjects with chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD," Scotsman quoted researchers as saying.
"In this group, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy produced clinically and statistically significant improvements in PTSD symptoms,” they added. The scientists have now got a go-ahead from the US regulatory body, the Food and Drug Administration, to carry out a bigger study on ex-soldiers traumatized by their experiences in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam. The findings were published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. ANI
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