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“L.S.D. in psychiatry”. 
Lancet. 1970;? (II):1251.
Over the past year I have seen 9 male students who admitted ingestion of LSD (and usually also cannabis) out of some 570 total consulters, two-thirds of whome were male. No women admitted taking it. All the LSD takers had psychological problems with oedipal features before ingestion, and had new experiences with the drug such as release, acting out, mania, psychodelia, paranoid features, or acute anxiety, hostility, and destructiveness. In 3 other cases LSD taking was suspected. These had more prolonged schizophrenic illnesses. People who take LSD often have profound interpersonal problems of early origin-e.g. oral stage-leading them to seek self realisation in a trip involving regressive perceptions. The therapists often feels he too is going for a ride back through the classical psychoanalytical stages to the womb. This happens particularly with patients with knowledge of developmental psychology. The patient's relationship with the doctor may be like "good and bad" feeds, and he may avoid psychotherapy and prefer his own medicine to relieve feelings of impotence. Naturally he finds that LSD is also a mixture of good and bad. The patient not under medical treatment, having trips on his own, may not be so insightful as to know why he is dong it. Indeed, insight and LSD are painful experiences. In clinical phychiatry, LSD is used in the hope that the mind-expanding properties of the drug will help in giving insight. It is up to those who advocate this use of LSD to show its safety.
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