Ecstasy pills confiscated by law enforcement. For decades, MDMA has gotten a reputation as a dangerous club drug — but reporter Kelley McMillan says it was first used for therapeutic purposes in the '70s. Fernando Camino/Cover/Getty Images hide caption

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From Club To Clinic: How MDMA Could Help Some Cope With Trauma

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Raymond Smith of Charleston, S.C., kneels in prayer in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston before a worship service on June 21. Stephen B. Morton/AP hide caption

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Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll

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Scott Skiles, 61, and his son Zach Skiles, 32, had never sat down to talk about Zach's life after his deployment to Iraq --until their recent StoryCorps interview. StoryCorps hide caption

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Formerly Homeless Vet And His Dad Remember His Darkest Moments

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As an Army chaplain in Iraq, David Peters administered last rites and grieved with survivors. When he came home, he says, he "fell apart emotionally and spiritually." Courtesy of Robert K. Chambers hide caption

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An Army Chaplain, First Tested By War, Finds His Faith Renewed

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For veterans like Tim Maynard, scuba diving provides relief from symptoms of PTSD. Maynard goes diving once a week, exploring the Florida Keys and shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina. Courtesy of Tim Maynard hide caption

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Some Veterans Find Peace Thanks To Scuba Gear, Quiet Waters

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An NPR War Correspondent Reflects On A Pet Turning 100 (In Dog Years)

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There's data to support the notion that pot, or a drug based on its active ingredient, could help ease the fears of PTSD. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Could Pot Help Veterans With PTSD? Brain Scientists Say Maybe

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Anne Jones, 62, and Robin Jones, 73, at their home in Menlo Park, Calif. He took a test that revealed proteins typical of Alzheimer's disease. Ramin Rahimian for NPR hide caption

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Finding Simple Tests For Brain Disorders Turns Out To Be Complex

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Insomnia, feeling isolated, and bursts of anger are symptoms of the anxiety disorder known as PTSD. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Ending Nightmares Caused By PTSD

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