FireRescue1: What if ‘Ecstasy’ Could Cure Firefighter PTSD?

Summary: FireRescue1 investigates how MDMA-assisted psychotherapy could help firefighters suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The article reports on MAPS’ ongoing clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD in veterans, firefighters, and police officers. “Psychiatrists have taken an interest in MDMA as a catalyst to psychotherapy due to its ability to decrease fear and defensiveness while increasing trust and empathy,” explains Megan Wells of FireRescue1.

Originally appearing here.

It is a criminal offense to possess a Schedule I substance. But what if an illegal substance held the key to mental health stability for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder?

As firefighters know all too well, PTSD is one of the most damaging disorders among first responders. The continuous and cumulative day-to-day stress from on-the-job exposure to death, shootings, child abuse, violence and other trauma often leads to post-traumatic stress.

This becomes a disorder, PTSD, when the duration of the stress reactions from trauma lasts more than one month and creates problems with one’s daily living. Reversing the effects of trauma is not easy, either.

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