Adverse effects of ecstasy on the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

Ecstasy can have long term effects on the brain. Check this out! We present them for you visually to show exactly HOW SERIOUS these side effects can be. Then, we invite you to share your thoughts in the comments section at the end.

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Adverse effects of ecstasy on the brain

Science has shown that using 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, or MDMA, can change the functioning of important parts of the brain, causing long-term depression, confusion, sleep problems, drug cravings, and intense anxiety. How does ecstasy affect the brain? More here.

Primary effects of ecstasy on the brain

Adverse effects of ecstasy on the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  • addiction
  • can damage serotonin producing neurons
  • catatonic stupor
  • depersonalization
  • drug cravings
  • hallucinations
  • insomnia
  • permanent changes in brain chemistry

Secondary effects of ecstasy on the brain

  • aggression
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • flashbacks
  • illusions
  • impaired thinking
  • influences sensitivity to pain
  • panic attacks
  • sleep problems

Tertiary effects of ecstasy on the brain

  • agitation
  • amnesia
  • confusion
  • disorientation
  • disorientation to time and place
  • impulsiveness
  • memory impairment
  • mood swings
  • poor memory recall
  • restlessness

Can ecstasy harm the brain?

While many people that that MDMA is harmless, its effects can cause acute and prolonged disturbance of brain function. Its most serious side effects are related to mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and panic (much like cocaine), and suicidal ideation can be a reality for long time, high dose users.  Additionally, MDMA can damage serotonin producing neurons.

Still need to vent or share your beliefs about ecstasy? Please do so in the comments section here.

About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I had been taking ecstasy twice a month for over a year. In February I took a pill that was rediculously strong and in the days after I felt constantly on edge and shaking. Then suddenly one night I woke up and was petrified and disorientated. This happened every night for the next few nights and Iv been locked in anxiety/fear and panic since. It’s terrifying I can’t even do anything anymore. I have lost my job and I feel like my life is falling apart. Even after some therapy there is no improvement. This has been going on for 3 months. I really want to return to normal.

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