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Notable Research for Treating Depression

Psilocybin for Treatment-Resistant Depression

This open-label feasibility study conducted by Imperial College London found that psilocybin, administered in a supportive setting, significantly reduced symptoms of treatment-resistant depression in twelve patients. Results showed a rapid and sustained decrease in depressive symptoms, with 67% of participants achieving complete remission at one week post-treatment.

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Psilocybin for Major Depressive Disorder

This randomized clinical trial by Johns Hopkins University assessed the efficacy of psilocybin-assisted therapy for major depressive disorder. Twenty-four participants received two doses of psilocybin in conjunction with supportive psychotherapy. The study reported substantial reductions in depression severity, with 71% of participants showing a clinically significant response at the four-week follow-up.

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MDMA for PTSD-related Depression

This pilot study evaluated the use of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for individuals with chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. The results showed significant reductions in PTSD symptoms, which were often accompanied by improvements in comorbid depressive symptoms. The findings suggest that MDMA therapy can provide substantial benefits for depression secondary to PTSD.

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Ayahuasca for Depression

This preliminary study investigated the antidepressant effects of a single dose of ayahuasca in patients with recurrent depression. Participants showed significant improvements in depressive symptoms one day after administration, with effects lasting for up to 21 days. The study highlights ayahuasca's potential as a fast-acting antidepressant.

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Ayahuasca for Treatment-Resistant Depression

This study explored the antidepressant effects of ayahuasca in patients with treatment-resistant depression. Conducted as a randomized placebo-controlled trial, the study found that a single dose of ayahuasca led to significant reductions in depressive symptoms, with effects observed as early as 24 hours post-treatment and lasting up to seven days.

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Psilocybin for End-of-Life Anxiety and Depression

This randomized double-blind trial assessed the effects of psilocybin on anxiety and depression in patients with life-threatening cancer. Participants receiving a single high dose of psilocybin experienced significant and sustained reductions in anxiety and depression, with benefits persisting for six months.

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Psilocybin for Anxiety and Depression in Life-threatening Cancer

This randomized controlled trial evaluated the effects of psilocybin on anxiety and depression in patients with life-threatening cancer. The study found that a single dose of psilocybin resulted in rapid and sustained reductions in anxiety and depressive symptoms, significantly improving quality of life and emotional well-being.

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