10/3/2023 - Entertainment and Well-being

Use of psychodelics in mental health treatments

By Agostina Píngaro

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Research on the use of psychedelics and hallucinogenic substances for mental disorders leads a fairly ancient history. However, they were not always well received by the general public.

In recent years, due to the crises associated with mental health and the large percentage of people around the world suffering pathologies of this nature, psychodelics have again appeared on the agenda. The researchers again focused on these substances and their possible effects, recognizing the need for new therapeutic tools.

Thus, studies began to emphasize the benefits of psycholyibine (the psychoactive ingredient of hallucinogenic fungi), specifically in the treatment of depression. This disease is today one of the first causes of disability worldwide, affecting millions of people from different age groups.

It is believed that this component acts temporarily unlocking neuronal connections in the Predefined Mode Network, which would be associated with ruminative thought, characteristic of depression. Just by allowing these connections, they allow a reorganization of thoughts and would be able to do so that the person can get out of this vicious circle of negative thoughts and may have a clearer view of them. This helps to better understand the situation and be able to have greater tolerance to malaise.

These researches propose an innovative approach to treatment possibilities for depression. However, most researchers agree that further investigation is needed around side effects and should be treated with maximum precaution and strict supervision. It is suggested not to advance or rush to any statement, because studies do not rule out the possibility that these substances could induce psychosis in people with underlying mental disorders, or increase the risk of heart pathologies, for example. It is also not known whether they can be useful in treating other diseases.

Although it has advanced a long time, there is still a long way to go. Professionals must be attentive to future research and form responsibly for a future to be able to rely on a rigorous and rigorous protocol on the use of these substances and advance on the path of science.

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Agostina Píngaro

I am Agos, Psychologist received from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) with Cognitive - Conductive orientation. I am currently Resident of Youth Infant Psychology at the General Hospital of Children Pedro de Elizalde - Ex Casa Cuna.

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