Psychotic Symptom of Addiction

Addiction-Induced Psychosis as a Symptom of Addiction

You are said to be psychotic when you are suffering with psychosis. When you have psychosis, you lose touch with reality, and you believe things that aren’t true or real. Psychosis can be described as both a mental and physical state of anomaly. This is because, while it is intrinsically a psychological issue, you still exhibit physical behaviours that let people around you know that something is wrong.

Behavioural patterns usually associated with psychosis include:

  • Hallucinations – you hear voices and see things that are not real.
  • Delusion – you believe things, and situations, that are false, and become detached from yourself.
  • Poor speech – your speech becomes disordered and incoherent, you repeat words, talk rapidly, and become overly talkative.
  • Disorganisation – your actions and thoughts become disorganised, to a point that you can’t even understand yourself.

Though this is a serious situation, you aren’t actually ill when you are psychotic. Psychosis is usually a symptom of something else, something that is usually a bigger issue than the psychosis.

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The Conditions Psychosis Can Be Symptomatic of

When you are psychotic, it can be a sign that you have a mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. It could be a result of stress, trauma, loss of a loved one, brain tumour, or brain injury. Lack of good sleep over a period of time can also speed the development of psychosis.

Another thing that can cause you to be psychotic is abuse or addiction to substances such as marijuana, psychedelic drugs like LSD, alcohol, cocaine, and/or other opioids. In this case, psychosis is your body’s means of telling you that it has become overrun the substance, or that it needs more of the substance since, perhaps, the supply has become inadequate or the substance is no longer effective.

In another case, you may experience psychosis when you quit taking a substance you’ve become used to. In this case, psychosis is your body’s way of reacting to the absence of the substance. Psychosis is, therefore, one of the substance withdrawal symptoms, as well as a substance abuse symptom.

What Could Happen to You When You Are Psychotic

Because psychosis makes you lose touch with reality, your general lifestyle will naturally be affected. Certainly, your career, relationship, and involvement in social activities will be affected, sometimes to the point of outright withdrawal.

You will also lack the usual motivation to engage in any reasonable activity. If you are a student, your academic performance will most likely be affected if you are psychotic. Lastly, you won’t be able to make any meaningful decisions, since you can’t differentiate between what is real and what isn’t.

Treatment for Psychosis

When symptoms such as delusion, hallucinations, and disorganisation are noticed, you should quickly get the attention of a professional. The professional will know how best to manage the symptoms of psychosis. After handling the symptoms, the professional will also go further to detect and treat the condition (either ill health or addiction) and what is behind it.

So, don’t forget to immediately contact a specialist the moment any symptoms of psychosis are observed. You should not waste time, try self-medication, nor withdraw (in the case of addiction). Any of these actions could be very dangerous.

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