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Self-Medication of LSD and MDMA to Treat Mental Disorders: A Case Series pp. 245-249 $100.00
Authors:  Ben Sessa
Abstract:
50 years ago LSD was prescribed to treat a variety of
mental illnesses. More recently LSD and MDMA (ecstasy)
have become widely used outside medicine as both
recreational drugs and by some patients as 'self-medication'.
These brief reports gather together five patients'
experiences using psychedelic drugs to treat their mental
disorders. They are discussed in relation to the medical
profession's current growing interest in re-visiting
psychedelic drugs as therapeutic treatments in psychiatry.
The first case describes the successful self-treatment for
depression using LSD, followed by a case in which doctors
administered LSD in the 1960s and 1970s to successfully
treat a case of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and
chronic fatigue syndrome. The third and fourth cases
describe the successful self-treatment of OCD using
respectively MDMA and then LSD and the final case
describes a self-treatment with LSD to manage Anorexia
Nervosa. All the participants describing their use of these
drugs give a positive report of self-treatment with minimal
adverse effects. They also all support a resumption of more
research into the therapeutic use of
hallucinogens/psychedelic drugs as potential clinical
therapies. 


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