"I have suffered from PTSD since my time in Vietnam and have been an outpatient at the VA ever since. I take daily doses of Sertraline, Prazosin and Mirtazapine. The sound of helicopters still send me running for cover. If this drug works for her, I'm hopeful it will help others. I don't care if it's legal or not, that's just how important I want to live my last years in peace with myself."
"Thank you for serving our country. I'm so sorry for your struggles, and I hear you. I have PTSD as well from decades of abuse. ... The thought that MDMA and a couple months' worth of sessions could get so many of us back on track sounds like a dream come true."
nathan turner@prodiluvian1987 @CNN @cnnhealth that is the silliest thing I have ever heard. That's like saying " I want to treat my depression w/ alcohol."
By the end of the series, readers had not reached a consensus, and neither have scientists. Additional studies using MDMA against PTSD either have been completed, are planned or are under way in Colorado, Canada, Spain, Switzerland, Israel, Australia and Great Britain.
"So instead of learning to cope, you learn to buffer with drugs -- that do what to you again? And what happens when they are off these drugs, or run out or cannot afford. I'm sorry, but this is like putting a kid on drugs because everyone deems them 'hyper.' "
"Some people may never be able to cope. You can call them weak, or you can help them function in daily life. Who gets to decide?"
"People should understand that using this kind of treatment is a 'one and done' kind of deal. The trade-off though being that using the MDMA to properly treat the PTSD is oftentimes a very unpleasant experience -- magnifying the pain and suffering of the original trauma tenfold during the therapy. But the trade-off of not having to suffer daily and long term is probably worth a few hours in hell."
"Interesting stuff, but definitely not worth it. Too risky. Too much potential for long-term damage. People do not see just how toxic these substances are and what they do to your liver, kidneys, brain and immune system. Once again, Americans always want the quick fix. Real healing isn't quick; it takes time, effort, patience, faith and commitment."
Martin Monita III
"Well, of course, we want the quick fix. Would you rather spend years or maybe decades trying to overcome a traumatic incident, hoping patience and faith clear your mind? Or would you rather take a 'drug' and have some therapy sessions to fix it within months? I'll take the shorter route."