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Can Magic Mushrooms Unlock Depression? | Rosalind Watts | TEDxOxford

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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 as 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. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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UFC Fighter (3 days ago)
I know this a deep, meaningful and intriguing discussion, but did anyine else notice she has great tits?
Angie Joala (7 days ago)
we host psilocybin retreats here in amsterdam and it's always a beautiful experience to watch people go through a transformation. mushrooms aren't legal here, but magic truffles are (which are the underground portion of the magic mushroom) and they are a very powerful medicine.
Abhishek xyz (10 days ago)
What will it take for me to marry Rosalind watts?
Anon El (10 days ago)
I agree with this of course, Mushrooms worked for me for 4-6 months. I would question the 'no side effects' though.
UFC Fighter (12 days ago)
Psychedelics freak me out, my life already feels like a bad trip so the thought of that being amplified frightens me. I cant even handle weed. Not knocking the treatment though. I wish it would work for me if I ever become desperate enough to try it.
Blockchain bhakt (12 days ago)
voice too low
dakota cook (15 days ago)
Unlock it.. Let your depression free. Just open the door and give it to everyone. I'm doing it, have look at my profile picture.
Maggie Cunningham (21 days ago)
This needs to be legal but it's to be strategically accepted by certain clients and determined by clinical therapists, psychologists etc. I cant wait until we see a community where this is accepted. It can even be supported and and controlled if need be. But people need it.
Shannon Peacock (23 days ago)
What kind of dosages were used?
Ron M (27 days ago)
I Really fear for her life. Pharmacutical companies could put a contract on her life as they could Risk losing endless millions upon millions, on percription drugs. Psilocybin has helped me with PTSD and depression, suicidal thoughts; etc. when all Else has failed.
x JayAyeWhy (29 days ago)
I'm so glad that the stigma around psychedelics has been tapering off the last few years. Hopefully legalization within the next decade.
Grapho Man UK (29 days ago)
Just think, Heinz mushroom soup full of magic 🤔
Simon Bormans (1 month ago)
I would love to try this in an attempt to cure my depression but i have such terrible anxiety just thinking about taking psychedelic drugs and losing control over my mind like that makes me so nervous. I'm afraid i will just start panicking and have an awful experience
Plubus Domis (1 month ago)
This video is too quiet. TEDX can you turn up the volume? I'm maxed out on my phone And speakers. Thanks!
Janey S (1 month ago)
please. I need to be a part of a trail!!!!!
Thomas Hancock (1 month ago)
This is great. I would though like to put in a word for experiencing the natural environment while on hallucinogens. The therapeutic scenario is inward-focused. Of course, if you go outside, you need to take extra precautions.
Stromitzky Mash (1 month ago)
Took psylocybin a couple of times. It dident had any lasting changing effects . I went about my dull life as usual. The Lady in this talk is btw contradicting herself with all the "Data" mixed up. She did an analyses of " The symptom measure of depression going right down" I like to see this magical device that can deduce a person suffering from less depression without asking the patients . This is ridiculous science.
toughluck8012 (1 month ago)
One of the most brilliant things I've ever heard. I loved everything about her discussion
Dan Kleffmann (1 month ago)
Make the volume of the videos louder.
philsaspiezone (2 months ago)
They (shrooms) grow up the road from my girlfriend's house
Andrew s (2 months ago)
mushrooms should be legal. why do i feel shes advocating against it?
Andrew s (2 months ago)
terrible rep for nature vs "medicine"
Jeffery Barmann (2 months ago)
SUFFERING FROM PTSD AT AGE 67, I HAD SUCH A TRIP ON THE Psilocybin MUSROOMS, 4 ½ GRAMS THAT I HAD TO GET MYSELF UP OUT OF BED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND START TO WRITE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING I COULD REMEMBER ABOUT IT. IN DESCRIBING Psilocybin IT IS LIKE FLYING. WHEN UNDER ITS INFLUENCE THE TRAVELER SEEKS INNER AWARENESS TO THE POINT OF ENTERING A DIFFERENT DIMENSION, CALL IT THE DIMENSION OF DREAMS, OF ASTRAL TRAVEL, OF THE SPIRIT WORLD; IT’S TRAVEL NONETHELESS. DOING MUSHROOMS IS AN INNER TRAVELING. I CAN SEE A DEFINITE THERAPUTETIC DOSE AT A 1 GRAM LEVEL, TWICE WEEKLY. BUT THIS IS PERSONALLY AND AT 130 POUNDS.
thewheel246 (2 months ago)
i moved to the country...dont have to see all the screwed up people as much and its great...but yes acid or mushrooms are great
Seeds of Ecofrog (2 months ago)
Mushies allow you to percieve and profoundly promote at multiple levels of resolution your value structures aka Angles :)
UserDisconnected (2 months ago)
Did i just hear her say: "We do not know the cause of it? (Depression)" I can tell you right now, it is caused by forgotten trauma you haven't healed from on a soul level. When you reach these levels you need to stop thinking in a human fashion, you need to talk Soul to Soul. That is also why most depressed people try 25-50 different solutions which sometimes results in a tragic suicide which no one understands. Except for the Ones who do. Hope this helps you to get a ground or foundation on any future ideas.
sanjuansteve (2 months ago)
Yes. The psychedelics give us new temporary interneuronal synapse connections which can be made permanent thru normal neuroplasticity, aided by the initial temp connections made. It's a wiring upgrade that opens the door for inter-connectivity and change.
Story of O (2 months ago)
As a person w lifelong/4+ decades of 'medication resistant' depression, the title itself is just excellent, in my medical convention-jaded, psychically exhausted opinion. So I am choosing to just sit with & enjoy the title for awhile. But here's a like. Thats just how good that title is. 😑
Chantal Walton (2 months ago)
I wish...
Coda Patrick (2 months ago)
This video is way too quiet, c'mon TED WTF
el nata (2 months ago)
Where can i meet this lady so i can become her patient
Leia Cardinal (2 months ago)
What would the dose be for someone who wants to help cure anxiety? Microdosing or huge doses? and for how long? Thank you
Prasun singhal (2 months ago)
How can I take this treatment and where I can find this medicine? I am from india and don't know how to treat my depression with psychedelic drug. Kindly help me if someone know about it. I will be grateful for your kind help.
Jason Byers (3 months ago)
If you are suicidal, you don't want to live for some deep pain or reason inside you. Psychedelics might help to change your perspective, but I argue that anybody with a severe depression which causes you to be unable to pretend, unable to work, unable to live properly - that the experience is not enough. The reason you are so depressed, is not going to be unfolded in a single trip or even multiple...your reaction to a memory or a subconscious pain is too much to handle - first of all, you need to understand that avoiding the truth will not help, you must face the truth and re consider your attitude to life...Taking a trip to solve this problem is like ignoring the reality you have found yourself in. You, in your own time need to understand and learn to enjoy what life you have. Taking a trip could leave you more suicidal or 'free minded' - just as much as it might make you feel joyous for a few months...ultimately, you will return to those ideas and memories if you don't truly change your reaction to the pain causing the weakness.
Drive-By Troll (3 months ago)
How do I volunteer for this study? And do the subjects actually have to be depressed?
Louie Lowe (3 months ago)
Where can I get it?
Enkidu Five (1 month ago)
You can't. Here in the states, at least, trials are still going on so it's not legal to possess psychedelic mushrooms. These mushrooms, however, can be cultivated quite easily.
Nick Chapman (3 months ago)
Wtf is whispering? I can barely hear with the volume turned up.
Andrew Tao (3 months ago)
Nothing is better than nature at curing depression
Jason Dubya-DEEZNUTS (3 months ago)
I took SSRI and other anti depressant meds for over 20 years... made things worse most of the time... had maybe a dozen high dose sessions with psilocybin and nn-DMT... I’ve been happier and more appreciative of life and love than ever before
sten beetlex (3 months ago)
Only chosen ones are gifted the chance to heal by these divine mushrooms.....
Ruben Miranda (3 months ago)
Just wondering if my 1 gram experience is normal. No visuals, lots of energy, very comfortable around people and talking to anyone, enjoying music, makes me go out and just have fun. I took some at 2pm and it is almost 1am and I am still wide awake. I want to take more but I need to make sure this is affecting me as it is supposed to. Not sure what 1.5 or 2 grams will do if this is what happens on 1 gram.
Chris Bown (3 months ago)
I think every human being should be able to experience mushrooms, it really makes you realise what matters in life and it also made me realise that everyone you see is going through problems and I’m not alone, we’re all in it together
Brian Carrillo (4 months ago)
This is a very important talk. Please fix the quiet, skipping audio.
Dean Kosmač (4 months ago)
Well she looks like the crazy girls you meet at psytrance festivals...
Sweet Pea (4 months ago)
I wonder what magic mushrooms would do for people with Alzheimer's or Dementia?
marcman5109 (4 months ago)
Anti depressants are poison and do nothing but put you in an overall worse mental state.
Sagar Rao (4 months ago)
I've seen several people make the defrag analogy.
Awakened citizen (4 months ago)
Maybe people are so depressed BECAUSE THE WORLD TRULY SUCKS AND ISN'T WORTH LIVING IN.
GreyPoupon (4 months ago)
Is this speaker related to Alan Watts?
Master Dovahkiin (4 months ago)
Yuh I know someone who said there axinty and depression got worse after taking LSD or shrooms don't remember
Trash Bin (4 months ago)
I wanted to die then i did shrooms and life was pretty good after that
Reginald Burnbridge (4 months ago)
Thank you so much, light....
Beanmachine91 (4 months ago)
i didnt hallucinate but i felt sedated and happy by the shrooms
Dionis Leev (4 months ago)
Can you guys normalize the audio? I can barely hear anything on some of your vids.
Bill Bill (4 months ago)
Hi guys. Have been searching everywhere and couldn’t find crucial information on the following: micro dosing (0.3-0.5 max) of dried mushrooms (with some good/interesting experiences) , but has led me to BP readings of 130-140 over 90. My everyday BP is 110 over 70. Is it normal? What would will happen taking the correct therapeutic grams with my BP? And what to do to control this rising in BP? Heart rate also does increase a bit . Could someone shed a light on this issue/concern please? Thanks in advance.
Blanco Escondido (5 months ago)
Try some 5meoDMT and then let's talk :) Craziest thing you can do in life! If anyone wants to make donations to acquire some let me know :) great opportunity for those who are depressed, mentally ill or just want to enhance life/make a quantum leap. Depending on your donation will determine how much DMT you will receive. Just putting out to the universe if interested parties want to contact me and we can discuss further your needs and what is a preferably solution. Have a wonderful day and will be awaiting those who want to change their life. Take care everyone.
Catherine Cabernoch-So (5 months ago)
I'm currently undergoing my own micro-dosing with MM. so far so good, less depression all around
D S (5 months ago)
Oh great. Can understand her accent
Jbinaguy (5 months ago)
There's a question I have been asking myself, if there are cases of severe depression in my direct family, can psilocybin awaken it in me? Or is there no risk for depression?
floyddango (5 months ago)
Because of a physical illness I was not able to do sports for over a year. And the conviction of not being able to exhaust my body got so ingrained to myself that I didn't even try sports again for a long time after I was secretly healed already. A trip helped me reevaluate the situation and I went on my bike 2 days after, feeling so strong again. Sprinted up a mountain on a summer day and sitting down on top of it watching into the colorful scenery was soo liberating. I truly believe that mushrooms break stubborn patterns...
Batzhor (5 months ago)
The audio in this video is intolerably low.
mbaxter22 (5 months ago)
I so want to try this but I'm in one of the flyover states...
BLOODless RVC (5 months ago)
Yes they do
Kawthar Mohd (5 months ago)
How is that illegal?
dragon fly (5 months ago)
Great talk. Spreading awareness about real cures.
So if you go off the shrooms you get depressed again? How is this any different than taking anti-depressents?
Ocean Water (5 months ago)
needs more volume
Anne Boleyn (5 months ago)
It must be so awful to have depression and *nothing* works . Ive been lucky to have found medication that has helped. In the book The Noonday Demon , the author had such crippling depression , that he couldnt even walk when it was at its worst , yet there was nothing physically wrong , it was the blackness in his mind actually stopped his legs from moving .😢💀
Shiro (6 months ago)
I don't even know if it's legal in my country ( israel ), its making me more depressed thinking how i could be without depressing if only i could lay my hands on these mushrooms, but they're probably illegal...
MIG Group LLC (6 months ago)
Yes more has to be done about this
Ape man Commeth (5 months ago)
MIG Group LLC I’ve been using them anally for years! I crush the dried mushrooms into a powder and add warm water! I use a pop bottle with the opening lubed up and squeeze the medication into me! What a magical experience! Once my experience is over I go to the washroom and spray all the negativity out and flush them away literally and figuratively speaking
M7CVZ (6 months ago)
Audio is weak. 'Plant teachers' are not.
peter clifton (6 months ago)
I had this Husky Dog, He was a bit wild, One day the silly Dog Ate the Gold tops growing in the Yard, Ohhh dear ,his eyes were rolling around in their sockets for about an hour and he would just lay on his back rocking back and forth. The gold Tops just grew in the area where we lived , not every year but some years they did . Anyway thats what happened , but he didnt look depressed at all !
TheFluffyDuck (6 months ago)
This is my experience with mushrooms. After one trip I had relief for a few months. Then the depression returned. It makes me angry that they are illegal.
Christopher (6 months ago)
Bring up your desire to see psilocybin legalized. Town Halls, write representatives, etc. And if you're in law enforcement, willingly choose to look the other way. See this for what it is: human beings choosing to help, nurture and heal one another. We're the least dangerous people on the planet.
cjpiti (6 months ago)
Anything that forces a smile on your face that you cannot possibly be remove has got to be good. It is such a shame that it has taken so long for researchers to find this out when many of us have known for decades the value
Joyel Lee (6 months ago)
I'm dosing .5 grams every 7 days. For the last 3 weeks. Feeling AMAZING!!!!! Depression is gone. Energy level is way up. Getting 6 to 8 hours of GREAT sleep. My OCD has calmed down. I have a " love" for everything again. Cluttered mind, is again fouced. After suffering 3 miscarriages in the last 2 years.. my mental health took a downward spiral. This is my 7th time the last 15 years that I have microdosed. I'm not longer on any meds for my PTSD, OCD & BPD. I was both shocked & amazed to find so much new information on this subject!!! Over 35 years of dealing with my mental health issues. I swear this is the one thing that works for me!
Maxcite (1 day ago)
+Herr Liite i shouldn't matter that much since the working substance is the same. You could do some research on the potency of the mushrooms/truffles and if interested, start with microdosing with the least potent one. I only have experience with normal trips though. And i had diffrent trips on the same truffles. But i've become really interested in microdosing. It might not have been the answer you waited for but since the person that has responded back it was the least i could do.
Anthony Jackson (4 days ago)
I need some of that
UFC Fighter (12 days ago)
Another helpful testimonial that we will never hear from again, cant even answer 1 question
Herr Liite (1 month ago)
hey Joyel im so happy for u, have one question: which kind of Mushroom u took the mexican or other one ?
Adam Peter Garcia-Varner (7 months ago)
Beautiful
Jesus Juice (7 months ago)
100% agree!
John Cossack (7 months ago)
Air conditioning just kicked on in my house....now I can't hear this video.
Lisa N. (7 months ago)
thank you so much for this talk, never looked at it this way
0bsolete-X (7 months ago)
Has anyone tried this kind of thing for epilepsy? The brain disorder showed up out of nowhere in my life about a year ago and I've been stuck ever since. Any thoughts or advice on this is much appreciated. Much love ❤️
Mage Licious (7 months ago)
microdosing has helped me tremendously. From being unable to leave the house and being in bed 20 hours a day, I am now doing 150% workload of courses at university getting a degree in computer science.
Thomas Hancock (1 month ago)
The spores are legal in most states in the US. Growing them sounds somewhat tricky, but apparently can be done. The mushrooms themselves of course are illegal.
Michelle Fletcher (1 month ago)
I'm actually going to be trying some this weekend. Any advice as to what I need to have on hand and around me. I felt like I was reading about myself. I'm in bed 20 hrs a day, prescribed Valium, BUPrenorphine and cry when I have to leave house. My boyfriend and I are going to try it out and I'm VERY hopeful that we both can be Happy, positive. My boyfriend is morbid, and has recently been drinking ALOT. Any tips would be Greatly Appreciated. Thanks FYI it's a chocolate bar BTW
Carl the Invoker (2 months ago)
Ich habe lediglich aus einmal aus dem Internet und einmal aus einem Headshop in Holland (kosmickitchen) so ein Kit bestellt, das erste aus dem Internet ist leider kontaminiert auf Grund fehlender Sorgsamkeit (man muss wirklich sehr hygienisch bzw. steril arbeiten, damit das Kit nicht kontaminiert wird). Falls das was für dich sein sollte, im Lieferumfang so eines Growkits ist alles Grundlegende was man benötigt. Ich würde da zusätzlich jedoch Mundschutz, Hand-Desinfektionsmittel sowie eine sterile Pinzette und Alkoholpads (zum sterilisieren der Pinzette), sowie ggf. ein Thermo-/Hygrometer und eine Heizmatte empfehlen, damit das ganze etwas leichter und sicherer klappt. Auch gibt es ein Forum (Hauptsächlicher Bezug ist Drogen und alles drumherum) namens eve-rave(.)ch, dort ist unter anderem eine geballte Menge an Wissen und Fragen bzgl. der Zucht von Pilzen zu finden.
Carl the Invoker (2 months ago)
+Faye Horo Leider habe ich damit keine Erfahrungen. Tut mir leid, dir nicht weiterhelfen zu können :/ Ich wünsche dir dennoch viel Erfolg und alles Gute für die Zukunft.
Faye Horo (2 months ago)
+Carl the Invoker Hey, ich habe seit 8 Monaten eine Dauerdepression mit Angstzuständen und innerer Unruhe. Außerdem fühlt sich mein Gehirn vom zu vielen negativen Denken "angespannt" an. Auch bin ich seit dieser Zeit nicht in der Lage überhaupt in den normalen Alltag wieder einzusteigen. Meine Frage an dich wäre, ob du Erfahrungen mit dem verkäuflichem Extrakt von Vitalpilz hast?
joseph c (7 months ago)
Antidepressants is a big business so obviously the establishment don't want psychedelics to be legalized in therapy
janice nakonechny (7 months ago)
thanks! u r describing me.
Miles Hall (7 months ago)
On a microdose of mushrooms as I watch this. I have adhd and struggle with depression. Weed only numbs the fact that it’s there and I can tolerate it more. When I’m on a microdose I want to come out of my comfort zone and do things I wouldn’t normally do.
Larry K (7 months ago)
Sounds like a good talk, but the sound is substandard, low volume ?
lloyd Nguyen (7 months ago)
I told my mom about magic mushroom, and I told her I gonna grow it but she doesn't understand...
Vincent Geyer (8 months ago)
wonderful presentation :)
alonso cadena (8 months ago)
How do you get shrooms in America?
Son of a Bear (8 months ago)
It also helps with cluster head aches.
The Cannabis Convo (8 months ago)
Worked for me!
Tom Griffin (8 months ago)
Hi guys I need some advise please help!!!! So I’m thinking about growing my own shrooms to help my father with his depression.. he’s been on medication for years now and I was wondering would he have to come off the meds before taking the shrooms? I would imagine so but I’m no expert in this field... Thanks! 😊
Temple Creations (8 months ago)
I am so glad to see all of the work of Cahart-Harris and his team finally pay off! Soon this medicine will enter our civilization :) This is such good news! I have great love for mushrooms and psychedelics in general. They've been amazing teachers.
John Peni El (8 months ago)
Depression isn't a bad thing, feeling bad that you're depressed is. Depression is a tool of self discovery and one of the best if used properly. When everything is happy go lucky we tend not to reflect and self reflection is the key to self discovery and understanding. Never being depressed is like playing house and pretending that everything is perfect when it's not. It may not be your happy place, but it is the place where you'll learn the most about the only thing worth knowing... your Self. Knowing that you are us and we are you is the single most important lesson you will ever learn :)
John Peni El (8 months ago)
Good talk, but what would have made it a lot better is if this girl had dropped 5-7 grams herself instead of just watching other people do mushrooms. She doesn't say what the dosage was that they were using but if it was less than 5 grams (dried) it likely wasn't enough. To get the real shamanic experience you have to go thru what is known as "ego death". The first time you will think you are dying, but you're not. You ARE about to find out what death really is tho, and it will change what you thought was your "life" forever :)
Steve Centeno (8 months ago)
The possibility of encountering emperors of near cosmos is prescribed?
Jaimee Humphrey (8 months ago)
Seems yes but cud make someone into Crippling Depression at what they might see like there's no hope or something
John Peni El (8 months ago)
No, that's what we already see here. The mushrooms can help you see past that. If they don't, you didn't take enough :)
Anon67 (8 months ago)
I don't know where to find them :'(
DaZeD Merlin (8 months ago)
For a lot of people psychedelics without therapy to follow after the experiences won't work, and I speak from personal experience. Some people need a structured plan that they can follow every day, in order to keep themselves stable. I'm autistic, maybe that makes a difference.
texas pete (8 months ago)
Audio sucks. To quiet

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