The Impact of Ecstasy on the Brain. By Joyce Tse Sociology Major UC Santa Barbara. Topics for Discussion. What is Ecstasy? What is serotonin? Normal brain functions Ecstasy influenced brain functions Short-term side effects Long-term side effects. Importance of the Research.
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The Impact of Ecstasyon the Brain
By Joyce Tse
UC Santa Barbara
Figure 1. Different brands of Ecstasy pills
*Higher levels of serotonin leads to more positive feelings.
Figure 2. Normal release and reuptake
process [Cloud, 2000].
Figure 3. Ecstasy induced release
with no reuptake [Cloud,
Most commonly documented:
Overheating (up to 110F)
Extreme opposite: hyponatraemia
Additional possible side effects:
Panic or Anxiety
Paranoia and hallucinations
Irrational behavior (even violence)
Convulsions, heart attack, or death
Figure 4. Comparison drawing of a
normal nerve, damaged nerve,
and a damaged nerve after
recovery [Cloud, 2000].