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Ecstasy ‘could be used in antisocial personality disorder treatment’

16th December 2010

The drug MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, could potentially be used as a means of promoting empathy among antisocial personality disorder sufferers, according to research.

A team from the University of Chicago has conducted a study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, in order to objectively monitor the effects of the drug on the minds of healthy volunteers in a laboratory environment.

It was found that the compound enhanced feelings of friendliness and affection while reducing subjects' abilities to detect fear in others, which could be useful attributes when treating those with conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.

However, Biological Psychiatry editor Dr John Krystal observed that this could also bring risks, as MDMA "distorts one's perception of others rather than producing true empathy".

It was also noted that the data highlights the need for further research into the way drugs affect social interactions.

This comes after a report published earlier this year suggested that ecstasy could also play a role in treating post-traumatic stress disorder.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800296123-ADNFCR

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