Abstract Title:

Embedding existential psychology within psychedelic science: reduced death anxiety as a mediator of the therapeutic effects of psychedelics.

Abstract Source:

Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2019 Nov 29. Epub 2019 Nov 29. PMID: 31784805

Abstract Author(s):

Sam G Moreton, Luke Szalla, Rachel E Menzies, Andrew F Arena

Article Affiliation:

Sam G Moreton


Psychedelic therapies can engender enduring improvements in psychological well-being. However, relatively little is known about the psychological mechanisms through which the salutary effects of psychedelics emerge. Through integrating extant research on psychedelics with contemporary existential psychology, we present a novel hypothesis that reduced death anxiety may be a key mechanism underpinning the therapeutic effects of psychedelics. In developing this hypothesis, we also provide a complementary review of mechanisms through which psychedelics may reduce death anxiety. We conclude that an awareness of the role of death anxiety in psychopathology has the potential to guide future research into psychedelic therapies.

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