Substance-induced psychotic disorder:

Substance-induced psychotic disorder is when prominent hallucinations or delusions occur while currently on, or after the use of, a substance. The delusions can last up to a month after an individual stops using the substance. The substance can be alcohol, recreational drugs (marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogens, PCP, etc), prescription drugs (muscle relaxers, anxiety medicine, antidepressants, anti-inflammatory medicine, etc) and toxins.

There are several symptoms of Substance-Induced Psychotic Disorder. The SYMPTOMS include: presence of hallucinations or delusions while on a substance/alcohol or withdrawal, hallucinations/delusions develop on, or after, substance use starts or stops.

The diagnosis can sometimes be difficult because many disorders can cause psychotic symptoms. Family members, friends, and medical records can be checked to see if individual has a history of substance use.

DIAGNOSIS – symptoms begin prior to substance use, delusions during/after substance use, however there is no lab test to determine this disorder. In order for an individual to be diagnosed with Substance-Induced Psychotic Disorder, these psychotic symptoms cannot be not part of another disorder.

The TREATMENT may include psychiatric hospitalization and anti-psychotic medicine, and withdrawal of the medication causing the delusions. Depending on the severity, different actions can be taken.

The EFFECT on daily life depends on the severity of the delusions and how long the individual has been taking the medication causing the delusions. Delusions and hallucinations can last for extended periods of time even though person may not be taking the substance anymore so it can interfere with daily life until the person is treated.

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