When the Drugs Hit

LSD and DMT Caused the Brain to Form New Connections in Flies and Rats

The effects of psychedelic drugs on neurite density is a promising sign that they may be useful in treating depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Daniel Oberhaus
break on through

Scientists Want the FDA to Designate MDMA a 'Breakthrough Therapy' for PTSD

A new study found ecstasy and psychotherapy “significantly decreased” symptoms of PTSD in veterans and first responders.
Matthew Gault
virtual reality

Inside the VR Simulation Where Sexual Assault Survivors Confront an Attacker

Researchers in Quebec say it’s the first virtual reality environment designed to help survivors.
Brigitte Noël
Church of Ayahuasca

Veterans Are Turning to Ayahuasca for PTSD Relief

At Soul Quest, a psychedelic church in Orlando, I met war veterans looking for peace of mind.
Josh Adler
eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

Scientists Can Erase Specific Memories From a Snail’s Brain

Like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but for snails.
Lisa Cumming
Don't Eat the Brown Acid

The Long, Hard Road to a Science of Bad Drug Trips

If we’re going to use psychedelics for therapy, we’re going to have to figure out the proverbial bad trip.
Daniel Oberhaus
it's not just you

Climate Change Is Giving Us 'Pre-Traumatic Stress'

Scientists on the front lines are speaking out about how their climate data drives despair, but these emotions may also be the most potent force for change.
Daniel Oberhaus
mental health

Brain Scars From Combat Injuries Linked to Depression In War Veterans

Scientists now know why some soldiers come back from war with severe depression, not only PTSD.
Grennan Milliken
mental health

The Government Gets One Step Closer to Approving MDMA to Treat PTSD

The third phase of the clinical trial will include 230 patients.
Madison Margolin

When Veterans Come Home, Many End up on the Farm

Can farming help veterans heal?
Kaleigh Rogers
Donald Trump

Americans Are Flocking to Online Therapy For Post-Election Counseling

Psychologists say more than half of the country was coping with major election stress.
Madison Margolin
mental health

Machine Learning Algorithm Spots Depression in Speech Patterns

It may wind up being a powerful tool in assessing difficult-to-diagnose conditions.
Michael Byrne