The world is becoming more connected as cryptocurrency, blockchain, non-fungible token projects, the Metaverse and other online communities grow in popularity. However, we also see depression and feelings of isolation and loneliness skyrocketing. This development is certainly not causal, but it should be taken into account in the course of the increasing engagement of younger generations with virtual spaces. The global COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a national mental health crisis. Mental Health America reported that 47.1 million people in the US are living with a mental illness. That’s one in five Americans, folks.
As disturbing as these numbers are, advances are being made with modern therapies and treatments in and out of virtual worlds. Would you log into your computer to meet with your cryptographically certified doctor or therapist? How about having a prescription delivered to your home? Many young people feel more comfortable in a virtual environment, surrounded by their peers and represented by their chosen avatar.
How does this dream come true? Everything starts with innovation and nature. Researchers and doctors were explore the healing world of mushrooms and their healing and regenerating power. Mushrooms have been at the core of this planet’s well-being for billions of years, and we are only just beginning to understand the psychoactive effects that certain mushrooms have on the human psyche.
The War on Drugs
President Richard Nixon ended all research on psychedelics in 1970 when he declared renowned psychologist and writer Timothy Leary the Most Dangerous Man in America. He started the war on drugs and convinced society that these psychoactive medicinal mushrooms were the work of the devil. Scientific research into the benefits of psychedelics was thrown back twenty years before researchers could resume and resume their studies. Now psychedelics are making headlines, and the effectiveness of treatments is displays possibly the best results known to science. It’s the right place.
Through psychedelic therapies as practiced professionally in research funded by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics, the Center for Psychedelic Medicine in NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry, the Center for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London, the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research, and other institutions teach patients how to process their trauma rather than repress it. With minimal doses of psychedelic medicine, recovery rates increase and patients get better on their own.
Where healing happens
The beauty of psychedelic treatment is that it is not a daily prescription. By studying psilocybin, the hallucinogenic alkaloid found in so-called “magic mushrooms,” as a treatment for depression, PTSD and anxiety, researchers are identify the causes of the patient’s problem in just a few sessions. Symptom-relieving psychotropic drugs, on the other hand, have to be taken daily and can have serious side effects. They aren’t cheap either.
MAPS founder Rick Doblin called: “Psychedelics work by reducing activity in the brain’s so-called default mode network – it corresponds to our ego. Our ego filters incoming information according to our personal needs and priorities. During a psilocybin dose, our ego moves from the foreground to the background. It is part of a larger shift in consciousness. That change is the most important experience, and patients feel more altruistic.” This is where healing begins.
Neurogenesis in action
The fact that psychedelic research is now being embraced and practiced is a huge win for the medical world. In the next two years, it is likely that MDMA-assisted therapy to treat PTSD and psilocybin-assisted therapy to treat depression will be legalized in the United States. dr Owen Muir, co-founder of Brooklyn Minds Psychiatry, said: “The first phase 3 study of MDMA found that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD is more effective than any medication for any psychiatric condition. It’s literally the most potent drug we have for everything.” Change is upon us, and it’s needed now more than ever.
The Metaverse and Medicine
In addition to this news, excitement is brewing in the Metaverse. dr Muir develops programs for psychoeducation and group therapy in the virtual world with a focus on meeting patients where they are and supporting them on their journey in the safest way. The team of dr. Muir seeks to break down cultural barriers and stigma often found in doctor-patient relationships. One way to achieve this is to use an avatar that represents patients and doctors. Perceptions of who a person is, where they come from, and what they need change when the doctor is both a licensed doctor and is represented by a panda avatar. It is the first time, dare I say it, in the history of the United States that patients have received reliable, transparent, and affordable healthcare. like dr Muir explained:
“The Metaverse is changing the landscape of healthcare by using blockchain technology to build trust with patients.”
He continued, “When something like a payment happens on the blockchain, it is recorded and that record cannot be changed. […] And in keeping with Web3’s ethos, the Transparent Payments code will be available to all, so large insurance companies are welcome to use it if they want to disclose their costs as well.”
Strengthening virtual communities with healthcare professionals
There are several NFT projects making waves in the mental health world. A Discord community for the AstroMojis NFT project allows users to raise a mental health support ticket. Psilo, a 3D avatar NFT project, will donate a portion of the proceeds to nonprofit organizations investigating psychedelics for mental health therapies. Other NFT projects, including Psychedelics Anonymous, provide community support for exploring the metaverse — creating online networks where everyone is equal and egos are checked at the door.
To the traditionalist, this may all seem silly. But after decades of failed treatments and the constant suffering — physically, emotionally, and financially — it’s time for innovation. Depression is the number one reason anyone in the US dies Suicide about every 12 minutes – over 41,000 people a year. Think of future generations who will benefit from a healthy mind, the families who will not know the heartache of losing a loved one to depression, the peace of mind that comes when the anxiety is gone, and the Limits that people can cross if they are not afraid of their own limits.
We are moving into a new era where community, technology and mental health meet in the virtual world and offer us IRL benefits. Our worlds are about to be much better places.
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Chelsea Pyne is a certified Brain Longevity® specialist who advocates a holistic life and the healing power of nature. She has worked as a writer, editor, and photographer in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean for the past decade. In addition to her work in magazines, she has written a children’s book questioning the afterlife, has covered world famous regattas and maritime events, and is a meditation and brain health educator.
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