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Psychiatrists put themselves on the couch

Psychotherapy is foundering and a new review in the journal Clinical Psychology Reviewexplores the reasons why. Figures provided in the article indicate that the use of mental health professionals by consumers is declining rapidly. Between 1998 and 2007 the proportion of patients receiving outpatient psychotherapy alone fell from 16 percent to 10 percent, while the […]

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Magic mushrooms get MRI treatment

Two new studies published this week look into how psilocybin – the active ingredient in magic mushrooms – affects brain activity in users. The new work adds to a growing body of scientific inquiry into the workings of psychoactive substances. In the first study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 30 volunteers […]

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Ecstasy’s empathogenic properties revealed to be a sham

Researchers exploring the use of MDMA (ecstasy) in psychotherapy say that the drug distorts one’s perception of others rather than producing true empathy. Until now, the drug’s widely reported empathogenic effects have been difficult to measure objectively and there has been limited research in humans. Now, however, University of Chicago researchers are reporting their findings […]

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