Substance-induced psychosis is caused by the effects of substance use like alcohol, medications, and toxins. Psychotic symptoms always occur after substance intoxication to a certain level.Further; they can come as a result of withdrawal from alcohol, sedatives, hypnotics and other unknown medications. Many medications can cause symptoms of substance-induced psychosis when toxin level goes up or as a result of withdrawal.
It’s important to note that some of the symptoms of the withdrawal of use of a substance can persist for weeks. Some can occur during times of sustained abstinence while other psychotic symptoms continue due to long-term use of the substance. Long-term use of certain drugs is associated with psychotic symptoms, like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Recognizing the symptoms calls for expert intervention at the earliest since some of them are usually difficult to identify.The symptoms are;
Symptoms of substance
Induced disorders start from mild anxiety and depression. Psychotic
symptoms can be separated and given specific descriptions. Here are symptoms of substance-induced psychosis.
Hallucinations or delusions.
Hallucinations are false sensory perceptions. They are frightening.However; an individual may find some way to contain the hallucination into his altered reality to make it more comprehensible. Alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and use of other substances can result to this particular symptom. One can experience such hallucinations by seeing enhanced colors and shapes.etc
Euphoria and increased social confidence
It’s associated with consumption of alcohol and certain drugs. One gets an extreme degree of happiness which is exaggerated. It can further be described as intense happiness and joy more than what you can find in a normal person. The intense state of transcendent happiness combined with an overwhelming sense of contentment is experienced due to the continued use of the substance.
It is the frequent derailment or incoherence of words. This psychotic symptom may last for weeks, months, and even years due to mild to the moderate intoxication of cocaine and other drugs. When one uses them in excess intoxication increases, attention is affected, concentration, and basic human functioning.
Violent behaviors are symptoms of substance-induced psychosis
One can be hostile for some time so long as the substance is within the body. The behavior can be determined by the amount or dosage, duration of usage and frequency of administration. If the continuous signs of the disturbance persist for at least six months, this should be treated as a substance-induced psychotic disorder (SIPD).