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Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker trained in EMDR and TF-CBT, and Certified as an Individual and Group Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Facilitator. I am also a Certified MSW Field Instructor, an ASW Supervisor and a Certified Level 1 Personality Dimensions® Facilitator. I have worked for the past 9 years providing psychotherapy in both English and Spanish to children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples and families. I have a passion for helping individuals reach their true potential and personal goals. As the Intern Training Center Coordinator, I also feel strongly that it is important to provide students, pursuing their Masters Degree in clinical Social Work, with the best possible training to ensure the highest quality of care to every client at the Mental Health Center.

Psychedelics to treat mental illness?

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Research has shown psychedelic drugs can have a positive effect on a range of mental health conditions, but there are side effects.

An estimated one in ten Australians were taking antidepressants in 2015. Yet some studies have found antidepressants might be no more effective than placebo. Australia needs a paradigm shift in the way we treat mental illness. Scientific research is increasingly pointing to psychedelic drugs like psilocybin and MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine, more commonly known as Ecstasy) as viable options.

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Psychedelics reduce the activity of a neural circuit in the brain called the default mode network (DMN). The DMN is responsible for our “resting state” sense of self, which can become distorted as depression and similar mental illnesses take hold. By temporarily decreasing the activity of the DMN, psychedelics appear to enable other less direct neural pathways to be established.
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Are you willing to give psychedelics a go?
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I don’t understand why we can’t all enjoy the incredible effects of psychedelics - don’t have to have a particular MH issue to benefit from expanding our minds.
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Didn’t Ken Kesey work nights in a mental hospital on a Stanford University research project in the early sixties that was using LSD to treat psych patients??
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"The US are now in phase 3 in a batch of clinical trials nationwide, with enormous potential to implement access to this kind of therapeutic treatment as the evidence suggests that people are responding more effectively to psychedelics than other pharmaceutical prescription drugs ! https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03537014"
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"IF" the results are positive, hahaha. And"IF" not, sorry about your fried brain, Goodluck with that, *next patient please.
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Having heard discussion about this for a while, I am interested to see what the outcome of initial and subsequent studies will be. Hopefully it all goes well and can be another potential treatment option for some patients.
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I suddenly feel anxious and depressed
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I’m obsessed with the book “How to Change Your Mind” . It goes deep into this subject and its mind-blowing.
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It really is ridiculous how slow this is moving, given the many positive outcomes in the studies that have been conducted against the odds worldwide.
And the worst seems to be it not working for some people...well how about comparing that to studies on antidepressants that are not funded by pharmaceutical companies?
Some psychedelic studies have had pretty much miraculous results, with people recovering after one or two sessions. It makes perfect sense if a fundamental shift in thinking is required for an individual. Conventional therapy may simply not have that power for a lot of people.
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Happy to be a microdosing guinea pig.
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