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Ecstasy Withdrawal

MDMA or ecstasy is a Schedule I synthetic, psychoactive drug possessing stimulant and hallucinogenic properties. Ecstasy possesses chemical variations of the stimulant amphetamine or methamphetamine and a hallucinogen, most often mescaline. Commonly referred to as Ecstasy or XTC, MDMA was first synthesized in 1912 by a German company possibly to be used as an appetite suppressant. Chemically, it is an analogue of MDA, a drug that was popular in the 1960s. Today Ecstasy is most often distributed at late-night parties called "raves", nightclubs, and rock concerts. As the rave and club scene expands to metropolitan and suburban areas across the country, ecstasy use and distribution are increasing as well. Ecstasy users may encounter problems similar to those experienced by amphetamine and cocaine users, including Ecstasy addiction.

Ecstasy is psychologically addicting and the most common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • sleeplessness
  • "de-personalization"
  • "de-realizaation"
  • paranoid delusions

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