Addiction Induced Brain Disorders

When a drug user has a mental illness prior to drug use, it may be hard to identify symptoms that are exclusively due to the drug use itself. Most symptoms, if the condition is unrelated to drugs, will continue after abstinence from the drug. The opposite is true for drug-induced Disorders; the schizophrenic-like effects will more or less subside after the drug wears off. However, this is not true for all drug users as frequent and prolonged use can cause side effects that last up to years after use discontinue

Drugs like cocaine, cannabis, and hallucinogens can cause mental health problems and, when paired with a pre-existing mental illness, can exacerbate the symptoms of such illnesses. Some drugs, when taken frequently for long periods of time, can actually manifest as psychotic symptoms indicative of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Early symptoms of Addiction Induced Brain Disorders are gradual and progress as the individual ages and/or drug use continues. Aside from delusions and hallucinations, here are some things to look for: 1) Changes in emotion: no emotional response, difficulty expressing feelings, flat affect (appearance or no emotional expression). 2) Lethargy; lack of motivation. 3) Socially withdrawn. 4) Incoherence in thought and actions; disorganized speech. 5) Violent behavior; erratic, sometimes dangerous, actions.

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