Is there a mainstream role for the drugs of the counterculture? Psilocybin (the active element of magic mushrooms) and LSD (also known as acid) were research darlings in the 1950s with hopes that they could cure depression, drug addiction and even the fear of mortality. Sandoz Laboratories had introduced LSD as a psychiatric drug in 1947 and hailed it “as a cure for everything from schizophrenia to criminal behaviour, sexual perversions, and alcoholism.”
What human experience is the most potent trigger for post-traumatic stress disorder? Ask 100 people this question, even doctors and psychiatrists, and you would receive a list of various traumatic experiences: car crashes, house fires, sexual assaults, shootings, stabbings, kidnappings, earthquakes and so on. The experiences would be varied but the essential theme the same: the future PTSD patient is the victim of some horrible, life-threatening event.
New drugs to treat Alzheimer’s are desperately needed – but new drugs are extremely hard to find. The team here at Neurocentrix are trialling several promising drugs and are all-too familiar with the long and painstaking process needed to bring a medication to the market.
Animals act by instinct, and so do humans, but we have the intermediary of consciousness, and with it the ability to decide. Most of the time our instincts seeking food, company, or pleasure are beneficial, but sometimes our drive towards action is pointless or even harmful: we may be sick, trapped, humiliated, powerless, or grieving.
One of the paradoxes of the modern age is plummeting global poverty matched almost perfectly with rising clinical depression. Like never before we can defeat diseases, survive childbirth, elude predators, avoid war, and enjoy leisure, yet never before we been so unhappy. How can this be?