Post traumatic stress
disorder is defined as a severe anxiety disorder developing as an aftermath of
exposure to any psychology trauma. Psychological trauma can adversely affect
the sexual, physical and even the psychological integrity of an
Scientists are of the
opinion that ecstasy - the dance drug is effective in curing serious
psychological problems in people.
The researchers enrolled
21 patients with post traumatic stress disorder who showed negligible response
to psychotherapy. The study was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology
Rick Doblin, the
Founder and Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for
Psychedelic Studies in Santa Cruz, California said, "We've now shown that the
results from the initial study were not some transitory and superficial
psychedelic afterglow but were profound and lasting."
The study follow up
has revealed that traumatized patients are effectively treated by drug-enhanced
therapy sessions. The patients showed remarkable improvements in their post
traumatic stress disorder.
scientists, the administration of ecstasy decreases defensiveness and fear and
enhances trust and confidence between therapist and patient.
It was observed that
around 83 percent of ecstasy-administered volunteers showed considerable
improvements in traumatic stress symptoms as compared to 23 percent of
Initially, the research was not widely accepted
as the patients were followed up for few weeks only, but recently Michael
Mithoefer, a Psychiatrist, and his wife Ann, a nurse, from South Carolina who
conducted these studies confirmed that the psychological benefits derived from
ecstasy were maintained even four years later.