Follow-up studies to those conducted by the military at universities and hospitals during the 1950s have shown that the hallucinogenic drug LSD may hold potential for treating several mental disorders.
"When I began the study in 1956 I was manic-depressive. It was ruining my life. After several treatments with LSD my temperament mellowed and I was in all effect normal again," wrote one patient anonymously in the University of Maryland study released today.
Another former subject wrote, "I could barely pull myself out of bed in the morning, but after given LSD, it opened my mind to a whole new world. My depression vanished."
A patient diagnosed with schitzophrenia wrote, "When the voices in my head started merging with the images my brain was making, I could see them for the hallucinations they really were. I was eventually cured."
The Army expressed surprise. A spokesman said, "We didn't expect there would be positive results to the testing. We were looking to depose leaders with a new super drug. It was also intended for use as a truth serum."
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