In 2014, 7 % of the European Union (EU) population reported having chronic depression. One in eight Irish people have experienced chronic depression recently, according to a new health study by Eurostat, the EU central statistics office.
Many studies are showing psilocybin has remarkable success in helping people with depression, with research recently being approved by the Federal Drugs Administration in the US and being conducted by Imperial College, London and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College, London.
A recent study in the journal Neuropharmacology has revealed that organic compounds found in certain mushrooms can be used to treat depression by opening disused neurological pathways in the brain and is seen as a major step forward in the emotional well-being of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) victims.
"I believe that psychedelics hold a potential to cure deep psychological wounds," asserted study author Leor Roseman, Imperial College London PhD
High-dose psilocybin produced large decreases in clinician- and self-rated measures of depressed mood and anxiety, along with increases in quality of life, life meaning, and optimism, and decreases in death anxiety.
At 6-month follow-up, these changes were sustained, with about 80% of participants continuing to show clinically significant decreases in depressed mood and anxiety.
The study showed that one-time treatment with the hallucinogenic drug psilocybin quickly brought relief from distress that then lasted for more than 6 months in 80 percent of the 29 study subjects monitored, based on clinical evaluation scores for anxiety and depression.
One of the key findings was that improvements in clinical evaluation scores for anxiety and depression lasted for the remainder of the study’s extended monitoring period—specifically, eight months for those who took psilocybin first.
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“Psilocybin may be giving these individuals the temporary ‘kick start’ they need to break out of their depressive states and these imaging results do tentatively support a ‘reset’ analogy. Similar brain effects to these have been seen with electroconvulsive therapy.”
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Two new studies confirm the hypothesis that the psychoactive compound found in "magic mushrooms" may be a useful new treatment for depression, avoiding some of the side effects of conventional antidepressants.
The launch in the UK this week of a clinical trial using psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in “magic mushrooms”.