Can Drug Use Cause Psychosis?

Can Drug Use Cause Psychosis?Recreational drug users and Seattle residents who take certain medications may experience symptoms of substance-induced psychotic disorder. These symptoms can vary from mild hallucinations or delusions to severe health effects. These symptoms are likely to occur while the user is intoxicated or under the influence of a drug and during withdrawal from an addiction.

How Can Drug Use Contribute to Psychosis in Seattle Residents?

Not all drug users in Seattle will experience substance-induced psychotic disorder. If you are experiencing delusions or hallucinations, you should consult your doctor. Your risk for substance-induced psychosis can be increased by taking a number of drugs or medications, including the following:

  • Cardiovascular medications
  • Amphetamines
  • Antidepressant medications
  • Cocaine

The types of psychotic symptoms may vary according to the type of substance. A substance may induce psychotic symptoms during drug use. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is important for you to consult the doctor that prescribed you the medication. You can explain your symptoms and your fears, and he or she will be able to adjust or discontinue the prescription.

How Can a Seattle Residents Be Diagnosed With Substance-Induced Psychotic Disorder?

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR), in order to be diagnosed with substance-induced psychotic disorder a Seattle resident must display a number of symptoms, including the following:

  • Hallucinations or delusions that develop during or within one month of intoxication or withdrawal from a substance or medication known to cause psychotic symptoms
  • Psychotic symptoms that are not part of another psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia
  • Psychotic symptoms that do not only occur during delirium

While research still needs to be done about the demographics related to substance-induced psychosis, it is clear that chronic use of alcohol or other drugs can greatly increase your odds for substance-induced psychosis.

Drug Addiction Treatment for Seattle Residents

If you or someone you love in Seattle is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, please call our toll-free helpline now. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about addiction, psychosis and treatment. Please call now.