MDMA as Game-Changing Treatment for PTSD
According to medical researchers, MDMA, an active ingredient in the recreational drug ecstasy, might show promise as an option for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This condition is a devastating disease the can manifest after an auto accident, violent crime, or military service. For many people, the conventional treatment options, such as psychiatric medication and counseling, do little to blunt the devastating impacts of PTSD. This has left many individuals and families looking for answers. Now, medical professionals might just have found one in an unlikely location. The findings of the researchers might have opened up a new frontier in the treatment of this disorder.
The Impacts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Those who suffer from PTSD can develop a variety of symptoms. These include:
- Panic Attacks: One of the hallmark symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder is panic attacks. These manifest as a rising heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating, and trembling. Certain locations, specific people, or even smells can trigger PTSD.
- Flashbacks: People who have PTSD also often have flashbacks of the event. These usually occur when people are trying to go to sleep, leading to insomnia and chronic fatigue. These flashbacks can even trigger a panic attack.
- Depression: Depression often follows those who have been diagnosed with PTSD. Because this can strain relationships among family members, friends, and coworkers, this can have severe impacts on someone’s quality of life.
With treatment, PTSD can be managed; however, medical professionals are always looking for new ways to overcome this illness. This is where the results of a new research study can be helpful.
MDMA Has Been Called a “Breakthrough”
MDMA is much more than a street drug. MDMA is still being actively tested by research scientists to see how it can help individuals suffering from PTSD. While street drugs, such as ecstasy, can be altered and made to be unsafe, scientists are using a precisely dosed and pure form of MDMA.
Currently, MDMA as a treatment for this disorder is not available outside of its clinical trials. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called this treatment a breakthrough and has given it a special status to expedite its approval. This has catapulted the drug through to its Phase 3 clinical trials. If this next round of clinical trials continues to show that MDMA can be helpful for those suffering from PTSD, the drug might receive approval.
The First New Option for PTSD in Years
If the drug receives approval from various regulatory agencies, it would be the first new medication used to treat PTSD in nearly two decades. Because this disorder has not been responsive to more conventional treatment options, doctors and researchers have been forced to think of new ways. This is how this research study was designed.
Of course, MDMA is still associated with ecstasy, which is a tightly controlled substance. This would be the first medical use for MDMA, which will make its approval challenging. Should these clinical trials continue to demonstrate success, the government might approve its use for the treatment of this disorder. This would give newfound hope to millions of people and families who are waiting for an answer.
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