About the Book
A fresh, engaging, and easy-to-read psychedelic therapy guide. Learn about psychedelics and a promising new mental health therapy program.
Nearly forty years ago, Dr. Peter Silverstone was a young MD who took up a new position in psychopharmacology research at Oxford University. Since then, the field has bloomed into a spectrum of possibilities that includes the use of psychedelics as a treatment for depression, addiction, PTSD, grief, and anxiety.
And Dr. Silverstone has gone on to lead ground-breaking research into things like amphetamine interaction with the brain, mental health's impact on physical health, psychedelic use in psychotherapy, and to lead award-winning treatment breakthroughs in mental health therapy programs.
The Promise of Psychedelics is for you-if you or someone you know has not received successful treatment despite trying several mental health therapy programs and medication.
Often, medication alone doesn't work, especially for conditions like PTSD, grief, depression, anxiety, addictions, or personality issues. Despite the best efforts of clinicians, medications or other psychological treatments are usually only partially effective. Sometimes, treatments don't help at all.
Psychedelics such as psilocybin, ketamine, MDMA, cannabinoids, and LSD can cause profound, intense changes-not only in what we experience but how we think, how we feel, and what we do.
In The Promise of Psychedelics, you'll learn how psychedelics can mimic psychiatric disorders-sometimes producing the same symptoms and sometimes providing an antidote. There's a little on neuroscience and neurotransmitters, but Dr. Silverstone avoids scientific language whenever possible, so you won't feel overwhelmed. You'll also gain key insights into how the mind and brain differ, what's normal versus abnormal, how psychiatric diagnoses are made and why that's a problem.
You'll be introduced to the most recent scientific advances in our understanding of psychedelics: how they work, what the risks are, and which ones will transform mental health treatment for millions of patients. You'll gain an understanding of the complexity of the regulatory approval process and why it takes so long for some of these psychedelics to become legal for therapeutic use.
These psychedelics are rated and ranked as contenders, wannabes, along with the bronze-, silver-, and gold-medal winners. He shares the science behind micro-dosing psychedelics, which ones hold the most promise for inclusion into mental health therapies, and why some psychedelics simply aren't ready for prime time.
In this psychedelic therapy guide you'll discover why psychedelics, including micro-dosing, are poised to become standard treatment, in combination with appropriate therapy, for many mental health conditions. They could become standard therapy for depression, for example.
And you'll also learn about the new form of therapy Dr. Silverstone and his team at Zylorion Health have developed that incorporates psychedelics in a controlled environment. It's intensive, with many components, or modes, that promise better mental health outcomes.
You'll walk away from The Promise of Psychedelics with a big dose of hope, if you'll pardon the pun. This is not just another one of those mental health books.
The good news is that we're on the cusp of a revolution in mental health-one that offers hope that many may see the end of mental illness.