SWITCHED OFF EMO­TIONS RE­DUCE ANX­I­ETY

Science Illustrated - - HUMANS -

Ec­stasy re­duces the ac­tiv­ity of the lim­bic sys­tem, which reg­u­lates emo­tions and be­hav­iour, and nerve com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the tem­po­ral and frontal lobes. The ac­tiv­ity is un­usu­ally high in pa­tients with anx­i­ety, and when the level is re­duced,

anx­i­ety symp­toms are curbed. More­over, ec­stasy im­proves the com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the cen­tre of fear (amyg­dala) and the cen­tre of mem­ory (hip­pocam­pus), which is weak in peo­ple with PTSD.

EC­STASY THE LIM­BIC SYS­TEM TEM­PO­RAL LOBE

ALAMY/ALL OVER

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