Ecstasy Triumphs over Agony: MDMA Helps with Recovery from Trauma: Scientific American

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Angelina Duckett
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by Angelina Duckett - May. 22, 2012

The way this article is structured is very well organized and is incredibly effective in getting its information across to readers. The article is all about an argument supporting the use of Ecstasy. This argument is not for the recreational use of the drug, but instead discusses how when coupled with psychotherapy, Ecstasy might very possibly be an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). Much like the other article I reviewed, the lede is short, but it again is effective in drawing readers in through summarizing the article and telling us why we should care through the idea that Ecstasy can help the many that suffer from PTSD. The article then goes using sources to back up this argument. Its most effective source is a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology conducted by psychiatrists Michael and Annie Mithoefer. Through this citation, readers are left with a clear understanding of how and why Ecstasy could be used in therapy through a strong and reliable source. This source seems reliable enough on its own, but the article goes on to inform readers that this study was sponsored by the Santa Cruz-based nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which was the first FDA-approved trial evaluating Ecstasy's therapeutic applications. Overall, this article was easy to understand, provided strong sources/information and was easy to find relations to making it very newsworthy and good journalism.

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