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Trauma, MDMA and Psychedelic Therapy: A New Paradigm for Psychiatry

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Herschel Building

Newcastle University

Newcastle upon Tyne

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Abuse and maltreatment during childhood can often lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), addictions and other chronic mental health problems later in life.

Reflecting on his 20 years’ experience as a medical doctor, Dr Ben Sessa will describe how the current approach with pharma-driven ‘maintenance’ prescribing is failing our worthy patients. It is time for a new approach and with the recent legalisation of cannabis for medical use it is a prime opportunity to explore the use of other so-called ‘recreational drugs’.

Dr Sessa will set out the mechanism of Psychedelic Therapy, i.e. the inclusion of psychedelic drugs, especially those that act on the brain’s serotonin system, such as MDMA, more commonly known as Ecstasy. He will describe the current Bristol-based ongoing MDMA-assisted therapy study for treating alcoholism - a notoriously difficult condition to manage.

Finally, the talk will discuss the pleasures and challenges of the emerging Psychedelic Renaissance, the vital importance that we review the outdated War on Drugs and an encouragement for young people to choose a career in psychedelic studies.

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