Author: Inaki berazaluce

“Ketamine treatment has given me back the will to live”

Three and a half years of depression, a suicide attempt and a long wandering through psychologists, psychiatrists, hospitals and all kinds of psychotropic drugs. This is the – inevitably incomplete – summary of the long and painful process of Mireia, a 47-year-old woman, until she reached the ketamine treatment that has finally “allowed her to see the light at the end of the tunnel”. Mireia already had a history of depression, an episode at the age of 18, but she was on the verge of succumbing to a depression that began four years ago, as a result of abuse from her...

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“Ayahuasca allowed me to ‘reconnect’ with my mother and understand the reasons that led her to commit suicide”

Ayahuasca is a “non-specific adaptogenic tool”, so its forms of action are versatile and virtually infinite. One of them has to do with its ability to “resolve unfinished business”, for example, when a sudden death occurs and many things remain unsaid between the deceased and his or her relatives. This is the case of a 29-year-old woman suffering from complicated grief who managed to reduce her grief symptoms thanks to ayahuasca and the integration of the experience with the ‘restorative retelling’ technique, developed by the psychologist Robert A. Neimeyer...

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Could Ayahuasca Be the Best Grief Counsellor?

During the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of people have lost a loved one. In addition, many of them have not even been able to say goodbye or hold funerals, given the restrictions imposed by the health authorities to stop the transmission of the virus. In these circumstances, the prevalence of complicated and unresolved grief is incalculable and may become chronic in the long term. An innovative study, led by psychologist Débora González and promoted by the Fundación Beckley Med – the Spanish branch of the Beckley Foundation – proposes ayahuasca as a vehicle for accessing a deeply meaningful...

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Could Ayahuasca Be the Best Grief Counsellor?

Durante la pandemia del Covid-19, millones de personas han perdido a un ser querido. Además, muchos de ellos no han podido siquiera despedirse o celebrar los funerales pertinentes, dadas las restricciones dictadas por las autoridades sanitarias para detener la transmisión del virus. En estas circunstancias, es incalculable la incidencia de duelos complicados e irresueltos que podrían llegar a cronificarse a largo plazo. Un innovador estudio, liderado por la psicóloga Débora González y promovido por la Fundación Beckley Med (rama española de la ONG británica Beckley Foundation), propone la...

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«Spiritual emergence is a drastic effort of the psyche to heal itself»

Stanislav Grof is the third great fulcrum of psychology, after Freud and Jung. The Czech-born psychiatrist has more than 60 years of experience with psychedelics, founded Transpersonal Psychology together with Abraham Maslow and developed, together with his late wife Christina, holotropic breathing as a way to reach altered (or “holotropic“, as he prefers to call it) states of consciousness. For some years now, Stan Grof has focused on training a new generation of therapists who receive his legacy through the Grof Legacy Training programme, which BMed brings to Europe with the pioneering...

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When Stan Grof ‘invented’ holotropic breathing to circumvent the prohibition of LSD.

«Si yo soy el padre del LSD, entonces Stan Grof es su padrino, porque acompañó a mi maravilloso hijo a través de un momento difícil», Albert Hofmann. En 1966, el estado de California prohibió el LSD en pleno subidón de ácido de los ‘hippies’ en la costa oeste de EE.UU. Tres años después, en 1969, el gobierno federal de EEUU secundó la medida, quedando desde entonces prohibido el uso terapáutico y lúdico de la sustancia, que había despertado gran expectación y resultados muy notables entre el estamento psiquiátrico durante la década de los cincuenta y mitad de los sesenta. Por...

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The New Dawn of Psychedelic Medicine

Las drogas psicodélicas están de vuelta, si es que alguna vez se fueron del todo. La prohibición de los psicodélicos en 1971 supuso un frenazo en las prometedoras investigaciones que se estaban haciendo en psiquiatría en torno al LSD y otras sustancias durante las décadas de los 50 y 60 del siglo pasado. La epidemia de soledad, depresión, duelo y quiebra social que ha provocado la pandemia del coronavirus ha abonado el terreno para que la poderosa herramienta que son los psicodélicos dé un paso al frente. Un planeta devastado y una población abatida necesita nuevas herramientas para afrontar...

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