Ibogaine, counting butterflies, menopause and depressive disorders

Scientists studying ibogaine, a psychedelic substance, report its possible therapeutic potential in the treatment of addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder. In the small studies conducted so far, where opioid addicts were given ibogaine, from ⅓ to ⅔ of people from the study group were cured. However, the psychedelic can cause fatal heart rhythm disturbances, making some researchers sceptical of its potential as a widely available addiction treatment.

Counting butterflies can help you fight anxiety. Researchers from Butterfly Conservation and the University of Derby in the UK found that such activity can reduce feelings of anxiety by 10%. A survey was conducted among people who participated in the insect counting they organised in 2022. It shows that the overall level of anxiety among respondents decreased, and spending more time closer to nature can be highly beneficial for overall well-being.

Until now, it was common to perceive menopause as a factor that typically increases the risk of mental disorders. Now, an international team of scientists, based on the analysis of the results of research carried out so far, challenges this view. They found that the increased likelihood of depression during menopause occurs mainly in people at risk who have previously suffered from this or other mental disorders and those who, for example, frequently encounter stressful events.

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