An article from the Guardian exploring potential research into a new pharmaceutical treatment for severe depression. Ketamine has been used previously as a tranquillizer (often in veterinary medicine) and also has a reputation as a recreational drug.
In a week where the medicinal cannabis bill was passed by the Dail in Ireland, here is an article on how an active ingredient of another illegal drug (ecstasy) is being revisited for possible medicinal application – this time in order to treat PTSD (post traumatic stress syndrome).
It is worth noting that the application of MDMA in this trial is in conjunction with talk therapy. This is not unusual approach when tackling mental health presentations, talk therapy alongside anti anxiety/depressant medication is a well established treatment for anxiety & depression.
An article from the Irish Independent a few years ago highlighting the bias toward medication when tackling mental health concerns.
Unfortunately, it also points out that while talk therapy can be a potent alternative, accessibility and long waiting lists provide an obstacle for clients.
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