Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
With roughly 44.7 million individuals struggling with mental health problems, it is important that new methods of treatment are explored. Currently, the primary method of treatment is Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) for disorders such as: anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but they also provide many detrimental side effects and only decrease symptomology for a short period of time. However, the interest and enthusiasm of many researchers has led to uncovering the true benefits of utilizing psychedelic drugs as a leading treatment for mental health problems. Participants (N = 474) were given a questionnaire regarding their knowledge of mental illnesses (anxiety, depression, and PTSD), traditional treatment (SSRIs), perception, potential usage, and recommendations towards psychedelic drugs being used as treatment for mental illnesses. A correlation analysis revealed that participants were not being open to their personal usage of psychedelics, but being more open to recommend to their loved ones. Thus, these results suggest that while society may be open to others engaging in psychedelic-assisted therapy, there is still some hesitation for self-use.
Barksdale, Dèjah and Pica, Emily
"Lay Perceptions of Treating Mental Illness with Psychedelic Assisted Therapy,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 28:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol28/iss1/7