Scientists are studying whether MDMA in combination with psychotherapy can help patients with severe non-responsive forms of PTSD.
The story describes the treatment thus:
“Tipton was given a dose of pure MDMA. Then she lay down in a quiet room with two specially-trained psychotherapists, one woman and one man.
“They sat next to Tipton as she recalled some of her deepest traumas, like discovering her mother’s body after a murder-suicide.
“In the embrace of MDMA,” as she describes it, Tipton could revisit this moment without the usual terror and panic.
“I was able to find such empathy for myself. I realized how much I was thinking this was my fault,” she says.”
- MDMA therapy is currently in late stage clinical trials. It has been given “breakthrough therapy” status, a kind of fast track program at the FDA.