The secret life of maladaptive daydreaming

Daydreaming can be a pleasant pastime, but people who suffer from maladaptive daydreaming are trapped by their fantasies.

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  • Maladaptive daydreamers can experience intricate, vivid daydreams for hours a day.
  • This addiction can result in disassociation from vital life tasks and relationships.
  • Psychologists, online communities, and social pipelines are spreading awareness and hope for many.
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    Chemists modify hallucinogen to treat depression and addiction

    A new study explores the therapeutic potential of the psychedelic drug ibogaine, which has been used in Africa for centuries.

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    • For decades, people have reported that the psychedelic drug ibogaine seems to rid addicts of their cravings for drugs.
    • In a new study, researchers created a variant of ibogaine that's less toxic and doesn't cause hallucinations.
    • The results showed that the variant seemed to significantly lower depression and drug relapse rates in tests on mice.
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    Psilocybin rapidly promotes neuroplasticity in the brains of rats

    The compound found in "magic mushrooms" has significant and fast-acting impact on the brains of rats.

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    • Psilocybin and psilocin are chemical compounds found in "magic mushrooms."
    • A recent study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found very interesting results when psilocybin was administered to rats to research the potential impact the chemical could have on the human brain.
    • Several studies have suggested that psilocybin could be a treatment for depression.
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    Should we pay ex-drug users to help them get clean?

    What is more important, that a treatment helps keep people healthy or that it meshes with our morals?

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    • A novel treatment aims to help former drug users by paying them to stay clean.
    • Some moral objections to the idea of paying people to not use drugs help keep the program underused.
    • Many other treatment methods face similar issues.
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    FDA requires new addiction warning on benzodiazepines

    There has been a dramatic increase in abuse and misuse.

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    • Benzodiazepine usage has increased in 2020 due to the pandemic.
    • The FDA is requiring new label warnings due to increased abuse and misuse of benzos.
    • Drugs like Valium and Xanax are approved for short-term use only, yet many are on them for years and even decades.
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