A trip to the doctor: A personal experience of how psychedelics are transforming mental health therapies – The Monthly

Posted: August 2, 2021 at 1:47 am

Its early May, and I am seated in a room in Sydney with a man called Marc. Marc not his real name for reasons that will become apparent is a mental health professional, a slim, casually dressed man in his fifties who might easily be mistaken for a designer or an architect. Although this is the first time we have met in person, I warm to him quickly, reassured by his mixture of intelligence and alert but genuine empathy. At first we make small talk, chatting about his background, my work, books we have both enjoyed. But then, gradually, we turn to the less easy topic of what has been going on in my life and why I am there, the fact I have been suffering from one of the worst episodes of depression I have ever experienced.

Depression is not a new presence in my life; its something Ive grappled with since I was a teenager. I suspect its origins are at least partly...

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