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The sciences are slowly beginning to back the idea that magic mushrooms can help people heal their minds and unwind the damaging effects of depression. It’s not a cure-all, but it does enable the person to feel empowered and capable of taking the proactive steps required to change their circumstances.

This TED Talk from 2017 is from a clinical psychologist from Imperial College describes how Magic Mushrooms (Psilocybin), when used in a therapeutic setting, have been found to be a very effective treatment for depression. In this talk, she draws on her experiences working as a therapist on the groundbreaking Psilocybin for Depression study and introduces us to some of the patients and their stories of transformation.

Dr. Rosalind Watts completed her clinical psychology training at University College London. After six years of practicing psychotherapy in the NHS, she joined a clinical trial at Imperial College, investigating psilocybin (magic mushrooms) as a treatment for depression. Her research explores patients’ positive views of this intriguing therapy.