Women’s Health Magazine: Fresh Perspective

Summary: Women’s Health magazine speaks with Amy Emerson, CEO of MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), to learn about the advantages of combining MDMA with psychotherapy to treat PTSD. Emerson says research shows MDMA can “turn down activity in the amygdala, or the part of the brain that ramps up fear, and turn up activity in the prefrontal cortex, which controls logic,” making it a beneficial adjunct to therapy. Additionally, Emerson explains the therapeutic value of memory reconsolidation, or “examining and refiling a traumatic memory, so it no longer feels like a current threat.”

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