When it comes to street drugs, there is a lot of anxiety surrounding their use. Now, however, there may be a future for people who suffer from anxiety related problems found in a common street drug. MDMA has shown some promise in treating social anxiety in autistic adults and treating other significant psychological disorders.
Take a look at some of the work being done turning a dangerous street drug into a life-saving therapy.
MDMA is very similar to a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. You know it better as an SSRI and is in the same family of drugs as antidepressants. MDMA is apart of the methyl family of drugs and is slightly different in that it increases the output of serotonin rather than just inhibiting its reuptake.
MDMA can interrupt the fear mechanism and allow people to confront some of the issues that have given them their psychological disorder. It also inspires feelings of connectedness, euphoria, openness, and acceptance. In some cases, it can potentially cure people of certain psychological issues, but more studies will have to be performed to find out.
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