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September 2, 2010

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By now, we should all be aware of the debilitating effects post-traumatic stress disorder can have on the millions of sufferers worldwide. Nightmares, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and suicide are all major risks, and given the severity and prevalence of the worst of these symptoms, psychologists are looking for new and better treatments.

And why not turn to a method humans have used for centuries? In Canada and the US, recreational drugs, like MDMA, are being recognized for the good they can do when applied in an appropriate setting. But does the recent push towards MDMA treatment make sense?

Science in Seconds takes a look.

Host: Rheanna Sand

Photo Credits: Wikimedia Users MindWraith, Raziel; NewsWise; Psychopharm.

References:
Journal of Psychopharmacology; 23(4) (2009) 389–391
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/09/new-trial-gives-vets-ecstasy-to-treat-their-ptsd/
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/toronto/Research+awaits+Ecstasy+approval/3420323/story.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100719082927.htm
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/10/061018150856.htm

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