Social Anxiety in Autistic Adults: 4th and 5th Subjects Treated

On November 8 and December 6, 2014, the fourth and fifth of 12 total subjects were treated in our ongoing study of MDMA-assisted therapy for social anxiety in adults on the autism spectrum. A regularly scheduled site monitoring visit was also completed from November 10-13 by MAPS Clinical Research Scientist Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D. This exploratory pilot study, led by Principal Investigator Charles Grob, M.D., and Co-Investigator Alicia Danforth, Ph.D., is exploring whether MDMA combined with therapy can enhance functional skills and quality of life in autistic adults with social anxiety. “Our research team is inspired to see how many individuals with social anxiety have found the courage to contact us with inquiries about enrollment,” reported the researchers. “We have nearly 100 entries in the screening log already. The first five participants have successfully completed treatment sessions with no clinically significant adverse effects, and the early findings are encouraging. We will be able to share outcomes sooner than we expected if enrollment remains steady.” Learn more | Donate to this study