Drug Ecstasy May Help Stress Disorder Victims

Drug may boost emotional learning, squash fear: studies
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2009 12:28 PM CDT
Drug Ecstasy May Help Stress Disorder Victims
Ecstasy releases a chemical that reduces fear.   (Shutterstock)

The drug ecstasy may help people recover from post-traumatic stress disorder, Reuters reports. The drug could help patients in therapy bond with their therapists—key to recovery—and get a better hold on their feelings, studies suggest. It may help reestablish a balance between two areas of the brain, while causing the release of chemicals that ease emotional learning and reduce fear.

With ecstasy—also known as MDMA—“it becomes more bearable, it becomes easier to regulate, to be in the situation and not run away,” says a scientist.
(More medical breakthrough stories.)

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