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LSD, MDMA, Magic Mushrooms Clinical Trial Guidelines Released by FDA
July 7, 2023The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its first-ever draft guidance for clinical trials of psychedelic drugs to treat conditions including depression, mood disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorder.The guidance aims to address the unique challenges inherent in testing “classic psychedelics,” such as psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and “entactogens” or “empathogens,” such as methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) for treating psychiatric conditions that failed to respond to other therapies. The FDA recommends clinical trial considerations regarding subject safety, data collection, manufacturing controls, and drug application requirements.Ultimately, “the goal is to help researchers design studies that will yield interpretable results that will be capable of supporting future drug applications,” said Tiffany Farchione, M.D., director of the Division of Psychiatry in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in a statement last month.In February 2022, researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine reported that psilocybin-assisted therapy for major depressive disorder produced antidepressant effects up to 12 months after treatment.1Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., and Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., recently told ADDitude that using very low (micro) doses of psychedelics, such as LSD and psilocybin is gaining renewed attention as a treatment for anxiety and depression.
APA Issues First-Ever Guidelines for Teen Social Media Use
May 12, 2023Teens should be routinely screened for signs of “problematic social media use.”Adults should provide ongoing monitoring, discussion, and coaching around social media content, particularly for younger teens.Parents should minimize exposure to “cyberhate” and content that “depicts illegal or psychologically maladaptive behavior,” including content that encourages teen self-harm, harm to others, or eating-disordered behavior.Teens should limit use of social media for social comparison, especially around appearance-related content.These are four of the ten recommendations released earlier this week by the American Psychological Association (APA) in its first-ever guidelines on social media use for teens, parents, teachers, and policymakers intended to keep adolescents safer online.[Self-Test: Could My Child Be Addicted to Social Media?]Recent data about worsening mental health among teens, especially teen girls, has made many experts and parents concerned about the role social media may be playing in this crisis. In their health advisory, the APA drew upon the significant body of scientific evidence to date in order to offer a broad set of guidelines which include limiting and monitoring social media use, ensuring social media does not interfere with teens’ sleep and physical activity, and teaching media literacy.“Just as we require young people to be trained in order to get a driver’s license,” said APA President Thema Bryant, Ph.D., in a press release.