How Ecstasy Transcended Its Stigma — And Became A Treatment for PTSD

In 2012, after Madonna asked concertgoers, “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?”, the popular DJ Deadmau5 went on an online tirade, accusing the superstar of advocating illegal drug use to young music fans. This represents a snapshot in the evolution of MDMA (aka. 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine). Ecstasy, the previous street name for MDMA in pill form, had become an …

MDMA May Be Helpful in Treating PTSD

For those living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the frequent vivid flashbacks and nightmares can make everyday life a challenge. And while medications used to treat other mental illnesses may help with PTSD, that’s not the case for everyone, which is why new research from the University of British Columbia looking into whether MDMA — also known as a party …

What Is PTSD? The Symptoms, Causes and Treatments You Need to Know About

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after a person has experienced a highly traumatic event. Though PTSD is most closely associated with combat veterans and participating in a war, there are several other situations that could result in PTSD, including experiencing or witnessing a crime, natural disaster, serious accident, mass shooting, assault, or terrorist …

‘Tiger King’ Characters Finally Address Their Mental Health

This contains mild spoilers for “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” as well as the follow-up episode “The Tiger King & I.”  Being cooped up at home for the past few weeks thanks to the coronavirus outbreak means that some people have had more time than usual to fire up Netflix and get sucked into their latest true crime docuseries. …

Talk Therapy and Medication Are Equally Effective for Treating Depression, New Study Finds

If you’re one of the approximately 16 million Americans who live with depression, you may have tried talk therapy, medication, or a combination of both to treat the condition. While people have had success using both methods, is one more effective than the other in the long run? According to new research out of the University of Michigan, after five …

The Surprising Way One Woman Overcame Panic Disorder and PTSD

Fear — it’s dark, it’s heavy and it can makes us feel catatonic.  The phrase, “frozen with fear,” is no joke. If you’ve ever suddenly just stopped in your tracks because you couldn’t breathe, or felt your heart beat pounding through your entire body, or experienced your mouth becoming so dry that swallowing is impossible, and wondered if you were …

Newly Discovered Biomarker Could Help Prevent and Treat PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of those mental health terms that people have started throwing around conversationally (like saying a tidy person “has OCD”), but for those who live with it, it’s not something they take lightly. For some people — myself included — clinical PTSD means dealing with constant, disruptive flashbacks and graphic nightmares that can make you …

‘Stumptown’ Actress On Learning to Cope With PTSD From Sexual Assault

I am a woman and actress who is and might always be recovering from PTSD. I grew up with two agoraphobic drug-addicted parents. Needless to say, there was plenty of trauma to overcome.  Coming from parents who suffer from mental illness, it’s not only the mental illness that must be overcome, it’s also their learned coping skills.  I also grew up …

THIS Is the Biggest Factor ‘By Far’ Contributing to Mental Health Disorders

It’s no secret that childhood trauma can have a major impact on an adult’s mental health, but a new study suggests it is the single biggest factor. Authors of a paper published in the January issue of American Journal of Psychiatry reviewed a large body of literature investigating the effects of childhood maltreatment — including neglect and physical, emotional, and …

Tapping Is Still A Thing For Thousands Suffering With Mental Illness

Using your pointer and middle fingers, tap near your wrist while you think, mantra-like, about your most pressing problem. Tap around your eyes. Tell yourself to let that problem go. Tap your cheeks. Tell yourself you love yourself. Tap near the middle of your collarbone. Record changes. Repeat. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or tapping, is quite simple, and there are …