When it comes to determining treatments for mental health conditions, it's safe to say that the jury is out.
People cannot seem to come to an agreement on what is in a person's best interest when it comes to mental illness and medication.
Some people are waging a verbal war on pharmaceutical companies, arguing that common medications such as antipsychotics, SSRIs and benzodiazepines used to treat conditions such as bipolar, schizophrenia, depression and anxiety are more detrimental than beneficial to someone fighting to regain control of their mind. Some go as far to call the use of these medications a "hoax."
Others passionately advocate the benefits of pharmaceuticals, sharing stories of how medication has helped them regain control of their day to day activities and in some cases even save their lives
But are there other options that we as a society are failing to take into consideration? Do we need to look further outside the box and out to the horizon of endless possibilities to find a solution that can open our mind to new methods for treating mental illness?
In fact it is already happening.
Researchers are finally taking a unique look inside the human brain -- on LSD. What has been classified as a schedule 1 drug is now being taken into consideration as treatment for mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and PTSD in combination with psychotherapy and other holistic methods.
The hope is that LSD can allow an individuals to open their mind and see deeper inside their brain, allowing them to process thoughts hidden deep in their subconscious. Through LSD therapy there is a potential to open doors where one can see the world and themselves from a different perspective and in turn "free their mind."
What do you think? Is LSD the solution that society has been looking for in treating mental illness?
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