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The therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

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Date

11 Nov 2020
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TimeUTC+1 (AMSTERDAM)

18:30 - 19:30

The therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

Link to event: https://zoom.us/j/99221632168?pwd=MDRYbitGaVRONE83Y2wvZGdNZy90dz09

In the 1940s, psychiatrists and psychotherapists discovered a class of substances that could change the state of consciousness in a very peculiar way. Back then, they thought of this altered state of consciousness to be very similar to certain aspects of a patient suffering from psychosis.

Later they found out these substances didn’t only increase empathy towards this type of patients when the therapists themselves took them but also could alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, psychological trauma, and addiction in themselves and their patients. They started investigating these substances and their possible applications.  After the ban of psychedelics in 1967, research came to a full stop.

Since 1990 psychedelic research has had a steady revival. There are several studies on psilocybin for depression, MDMA for PTSD, and neuroscientists are looking into brain imaging to find out what is happening in the brain. Even Ketamine, a dissociative anaesthetic, has proven to be a very effective antidepressant.

This talk is a short introduction to the potential of psychedelic substances in psychotherapy. I will take you through the basics and the possible future of this promising field.

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  • Dr Sergio Pérez Rosal
    Dr Sergio Pérez Rosal
    Director at MIND European Foundation for Psychedelic Research, Medical doctor

    Sergio is a medical doctor who typically works in intensive care, anaesthesiology, and emergency care. Sergio has been interested in the concept of consciousness from his early years. The emerging field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is one of his main interests; with it possible for this to unlock a whole new understanding of mental health disorders and their treatment methods.

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 11 Nov 2020
  • Time: 12:30 - 13:30