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A Living Hell/MDMA for PTSD 

Returning to Yemen to see the war being waged and its devastating effects; exploring the use of MDMA to help treat PTSD.


Ben Anderson


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After nearly four years of war in Yemen at least 10,000 civilians have been killed. Millions more have fled their homes and are now facing famine and disease. The situation is so dire that the UN has described it as the world's worst humanitarian disaster. The crisis, created in large part by US allies Saudi Arabia and the UAE, using US supplied weapons and planes, has turned Yemen into a living hell. Ben Anderson returns to Yemen, gets access to the various fighting groups waging war for the Saudi/Emirati led coalition, and sees the devastating effect the chaotic fighting and indiscriminate bombing is having on civilians. PTSD affects millions of Americans, including 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and up to 30% of first responders. Despite this, available treatment is limited, resulting in long term suffering and, in many cases, suicide. But a new set of trials using MDMA-assisted therapy has achieved remarkable results. VICE's Ben Anderson, who has been covering conflict for ...

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The most brutal, raw and real depiction of PTSD ever put on television.
19 January 2019 | by quanticprophecySee all my reviews

Ben Anderson is a Vice correspondent and war journalist who's done the most harrowing stories of real conflict for the past few years going into countless countries and warzones filled with all kinds of horrors, we know this as we have been on this journey following him for years.

Perfect example is the first piece of this episode which is a microcosm of his experiences in the last decade with starving babies, child soldiers and despondent and destroyed communities all in 15 minutes whilst the latter part is pure PTSD introspection.

He spends time with other victims of this affliction who've been doing MDMA treatments (ecstasy variant) but he cannot but remain skeptical at the surprisingly great result they have. But then the crux comes when he does the treatment himself in a revelatory session where he discusses his own personal experiences and how numb it's all become, all whilst b-roll of years of brutal footage is played, before slowly peeling back the layers of the emotions he's been denied all these years cause of survivor's guilt and unrelenting horror, finally giving way for some hope of normalcy and maybe even happiness...

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