CNN: Ecstasy used to treat PTSD

By David Edwards
Thursday, November 13, 2008 15:52 EDT
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CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported that a Georgia woman has used ecstasy to treat her post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Gail Westerfield has had depression going back to a childhood assault and rape later in life. She was given ecstasy as part of a pilot study being done by Dr. Michael Mitheofer.

Westerfield’s symptoms have disappeared since being treated with the drug. Ecstasy is the street name for MDMA. The drug temporarily floods the brain with serotonin, a chemical which is vital to emotional well-being.

This video is from CNN.com, broadcast Nov. 13, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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