Title

±3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine: Treating PTSD in The Modern World

Date

5-26-2016 10:00 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 10:30 AM

Location

HWC 203

Department

Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science

Session Chair

Daryl Thomas

Session Chair

Janet Roberts

Session Chair

Amy Hammermeister

Session Title

Health and Exercise Science Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Warren Allen

Abstract

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that afflicts millions of individuals in the United States. Its complexity has resulted in physicians struggling to effectively implement and maintain treatment. Emerging studies suggest that ±3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), or “ecstasy”, may prove beneficial in treating PTSD in combination with conventional psychotherapy. By acting on the 5-HT transporter in the brain, MDMA has been found to have positive effects on brain activity; encouraging neuroplasticity through the accumulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Integrating psychoactive drugs into polytrauma therapy will broaden our understanding of the components involved in maintaining wellness in the human psyche.

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±3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine: Treating PTSD in The Modern World

HWC 203

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that afflicts millions of individuals in the United States. Its complexity has resulted in physicians struggling to effectively implement and maintain treatment. Emerging studies suggest that ±3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), or “ecstasy”, may prove beneficial in treating PTSD in combination with conventional psychotherapy. By acting on the 5-HT transporter in the brain, MDMA has been found to have positive effects on brain activity; encouraging neuroplasticity through the accumulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Integrating psychoactive drugs into polytrauma therapy will broaden our understanding of the components involved in maintaining wellness in the human psyche.