What Does the Future Hold for Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy?


A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that mind-altering drugs, combined with psychotherapy, are effective treatments for some of the most stubborn psychiatric disorders.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be exceptionally difficult to treat. But recent studies have suggested the efficacy of a surprising option: mind-altering drugs, in combination with psychotherapy.

For PTSD, 3,4-methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine (MDMA) appears to be especially effective. In this Mental Health Minute, Devon Christie, MD, CCFP, IFMCP, RTC discusses her latest study results on this topic and what might be in the future for psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

Dr Christie is a family physician, a certified therapist, and medical and therapeutic services director at Numinus.

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