Treating post-traumatic stress disorder with ecstasy

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Martin Williams from PRISM talks to The Feed at SBS TV:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is often a symptom of prolonged violence, sexual abuse, wars, and serious accidents. It sometimes takes months or years for sufferers to get back to a state of normality – and often it can’t be cured. But can the party drug MDMA, aka Ecstasy, actually be used as a treatment for people with PTSD?

Looking at Rachel Hope now, it’s hard to imagine that for 20 years she suffered from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.

“PTSD is for me like getting stuck,” she says. “It’s like a record skipping with a traumatic memory playing over and over and not just replaying in my mind or my dreams but it was replaying in the sensations in my body.”

“The phone would ring and I would jump and scream which is a pretty ridiculous reaction but I had no control over it.”

Read more and watch the video at: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/11/07/treating-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ecstasy

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