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Success of psilocybin for depression linked to relationship with therapist
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New research suggests much of the credit for the success of psilocybin for treating depression lies in the relationship between the patient and his or her therapist. Photo by Adobe Stock/HealthDay News Many people dogged by depression are turning to the psilocybin found in "magic mushrooms" to ease the condition, and often reporting success .

Now, new research suggests much of the credit for that success lies in the relationship between the patient and his or her therapist.

It’s the magic of what researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) described as a trust-filled "therapeutic alliance."

In their study of psilocybin for depression , "what persisted the most was the connection between the therapeutic alliance and long-term outcomes, which indicates the importance of a strong relationship," said lead researcher Adam Levin . He’s a psychiatry and behavioral health resident at OSU’s college of medicine. Related

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Ketamine linked to rapid improvement in depression among a third of patients The findings are based on a re-analysis of data from a 2021 study involving 24 adults with depression. All received two doses of psilocybin plus 11 hours of psychotherapy.The participants also completed a questionnaire that assessed the strength of the therapist-participant relationship. They filled out this therapeutic alliance checklist three times: After eight hours of "preparation therapy" prior to getting the psilocybin, and then one week after each drug treatment.The patient-therapist "alliance score" tended to rise over […]

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