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This one isn’t about gender, but rather the use of alternative treatments.

Psilocybin microdosing can be used for depression, PTSD and other mental health issues.

When Morgan told the guy who was self-medicating with psilocybin that it worked only because of either the placebo effect or “the focus he put into mushroom cultivation,” I wanted to throw something at my TV!!!

That is just factually incorrect and irresponsible. 🤬

Anyone who wants more info on the current scientific research into psychedelics, visit MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

https://maps.org/

This one isn’t about gender, but rather the use of alternative treatments. Psilocybin microdosing *can* be used for depression, PTSD and other mental health issues. When Morgan told the guy who was self-medicating with psilocybin that it worked *only* because of either the placebo effect or “the focus he put into mushroom cultivation,” I wanted to throw something at my TV!!! That is just factually incorrect and irresponsible. 🤬 Anyone who wants more info on the current scientific research into psychedelics, visit MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies https://maps.org/

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[–] Texture 11 points (+11|-0)

This shit pisses me off. We need to help people with PTSD, and not dismiss things that work.

Exactly! And I know it’s a fictional show, but that doesn’t mean they have to so blatantly lie!

[–] KBash 8 points (+8|-0)

I am doing this! Will not say more except that I’ve been following the MAPS trials since 2016, and am now getting involved in this field. I think it’s the start of a mental health revolution.

And yes, psilocybin, and many other drugs, definitely can work rather remarkably, for a whole host of symptoms and conditions, often lots better than other therapies and medications on the market.

In fact, it’s been therapists’ associations trying to stop states from passing laws to legalize these drugs for use in therapy, likely because they know they’d be out of a job. People who have had ten years’ therapy have had a few sessions and not needed therapy anymore.

Short cut, schmort cut. It’s not as complicated as we think; genetics and adverse experiences can influence brain chemistry, and if these drugs work to correct it, then that’s a miracle we should be applauding, not a quick fix we should be warning against.

If anything, people should avoid getting their hopes up too much, so as not to be disappointed if it’s not a magic bullet- but they SHOULD be excited!

As someone who has used psilocybin, mdma, and ayahuasca as part of her treatment for PTSD and other things…I wholeheartedly agree!

[–] bornwithovaries 2 points (+2|-0)

I mean their entire mental health model is "incorrect" brain chemistry so how the fuck's changing your brain chemistry a "shortcut"?

[–] KBash 2 points (+2|-0)

Often therapists feel the psychiatric/psychopharmacological brain chemistry model is lacking, that people need to work through issues in countless hours of therapy.

I think therapy is helpful in ways other things can’t be. I’d venture that it’s helpful in changing habits and perspectives.

It’s starting to look like drugs like psilocybin combined with therapy in single sessions are as helpful as doing therapy for years, though. Clearly that’s an issue of brain chemistry and stuck memory then- the need for memory processing- not a fundamental change inside the person. IMO talk and behavioral therapy is better for the latter.

Many, many people could stop regular therapy and psychiatric drugs with risky long-term side effects if they had access to these treatments- and that would be a blessing.

[–] remquarqk 8 points (+8|-0)

There are so many people now who don't understand how not harmful psychedelics actually are. It's one of those issues that make my blood boil. So many people could be saved from a lifetime of ptsd/depression/anxiety and terrible anti-depressants but no one will change the law.

[–] shewolfoffrance 6 points (+6|-0)

Yikes. There are plenty people with PTSD who have hobbies, and who've pursued conventional therapy and/or meds, to no result. One reason I dislike the Biden administration is that they haven't taken any steps towards approving marijuana for recreational and medical use at the federal level, or approving psilocybins for psychiatric use.

[–] maypelsyrup 4 points (+4|-0)

I hated that show so much. I only watched like 5 episodes and it felt like the main character existed to just constantly show every single autism symptom with his personality just being his symptoms causing him to do cute quirky things. It's also really weird that the actor doesn't have autism. I'd find it more permissible if his character wasn't just a walking stereotype without much personality. I don't have autism so maybe I'm wrong.

About your post, I noticed that a lot of media likes to ignore the benefits of illegal drugs for treatments. Off the top of my head ketamine, psilocybin, and LSD have all been proven in studies to have genuine benefits for specific mental health problems. Psilocybin and LSD has also been able to stop and prevent cluster headaches, a disorder that's arguably the most painful thing on earth.

[–] pennygadget 1 points (+1|-0)

It feels like the show writers want to make it VERY OBVIOUS that they're writing an autistic character. And the only way they know how to do it is by having the lead actor behave like some weird combination of Sheldon Cooper and Rain Man in every scene. Its so distracting and it makes autistic people look like clowns

[–] maypelsyrup 0 points (+0|-0) Edited

yep, i read it the same way. Like he's playing a character that translates to "the best autistic character you can imagine" rather than a person who has exemplary features that also shows he's autistic. I agree that they drew character inspiration from Sheldon and Rain Man and they ended up mashing it together into a quirky awkward character who is "too smart for his own good and can't see the world like normies".

[–] LilianH 3 points (+3|-0)

The show has a medical consultant who would advise them on things like this. So this is likely because of one doctor's opinion.

[–] SterlingWitch 2 points (+2|-0)

Thank! I just came off my Lexapro and want to use alternative meds!

[–] bornwithovaries 1 points (+1|-0)

Also, if something is working due to the placebo effect, WHAT'S THE FUCKING PROBLEM. It worked! Let it work!