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Most Common Amphetamine Psychosis Symptoms Cheat Sheet by

Common Amphetamine Psychosis Symptoms
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Introd­uction

Amphet­amines exist as one of the most addictive drugs on the market, capable of producing harmful effects within a short period of time. Both prescr­iption amphet­amines, such as Ritalin and Strattera, and illegal drugs like crystal meth can cause widespread damage to the brain and body when abused on a regular basis.

The brain’s tolerance for amphet­amines rises quickly, driving users to ingest increa­singly larger doses over time. After a certain point, a person has to take successive drug doses of large quantities in order to experience the drug’s desired effects. Under these condit­ions, amphet­amine psychosis symptoms will likely start to develop.

Amphet­amine psychosis symptoms are hard to miss as most forms of psychosis give rise to unusual and sometimes dangerous behavior displays. If you suspect you or someone you known may be experi­encing amphet­amine psychosis symptoms, here are 10 of the most common symptoms to watch out for:

1. Break from Reality

Amphet­amine psychosis symptoms all represent various degrees of breaks from reality, which typifies psychosis in general, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health. As with any mental or emotional state, psychotic breaks result from severe chemical imbalances in the brain.

Amphet­amines gradually offset brain chemical levels with continued use. For chronic drug users, psycho­tic­-like symptoms can take shape early on. The more severe the symptoms, the more out of balance chemical levels have become, which also means a certain degree of brain damage is present.

2. Violent Behavior

Violent behavior displays indicate a loss of impulse control coupled with disorg­anized thought processes. Much like chemical imbalances in the brain affect a person’s percep­tions of reality, these same imbalances also impair the brain’s limbic system functions.

The limbic system regulates emotional responses, which tie in directly with the brain’s cognit­ive­-based areas where thoughts form. The combin­ation of disorg­anized thinking processes, erratic emotional responses and loss of impulse control makes users prone to violent behavior displays. This amphet­amine psychosis symptom can endanger the user as well as anyone else who’s in his or her vicinity.

3. Halluc­ina­tions

As one of the more prominent amphet­amine psychosis symptoms, halluc­ina­tions can take more than one form. The most common types of halluc­inatory experi­ences include:
Auditory
Visual
Olfactory or smell
Tactile or feel

With auditory halluc­ina­tions, a person may hear voices or perceive random noises as voices. Visual halluc­ina­tions involve seeing people or things that aren’t there. Likewise, with smell, a person may smell something burning for no logical reason. People experi­encing tactile halluc­ina­tions often believe they have bugs, also known as “crack bugs,” crawling on their skin
 

Amphet­amines

4. Self-M­uti­lation

Disorg­anized cognitive and emotio­n-based functions can create any number of percep­tions, some of which may be fright­ening. Self-m­uti­lating behaviors often stem from the thoughts, images or voices that take shape inside a person’s mind.

As one of the more noticeable amphet­amine psychosis symptoms, self-m­uti­lation may take the form of:
Biting oneself
Scratching
Hair pulling
Head banging

In the case of scratc­hing, the sensation of bugs crawling on the skin can become so bad as to leave sores and abscesses on the skin from continuous scratc­hing.

5. Suicidal Ideations

Psychosis conditions can encompass any number and type of behaviors, all arising from warped thinking processes and skewed emotional responses. Some forms of psychosis may harbor severe depres­sio­n-like symptoms, such as:
Feelings of hopele­ssness
Feeling of helple­ssness
Guilt
Shame

When in a psychotic state, these symptoms can drive a person to dwell on suicidal thoughts to the point where he or she starts talking suicide. Someone experi­encing this amphet­amine psychosis symptom may actually go so far as to act on these feelings.

6. Paranoid Delusions

Paranoid delusions are a classic amphet­amine psychosis symptom. A range of factors contribute to the making of paranoid delusions, some of which include:
Heightened sensory percep­tions
Hyper-arousal
Impaired cognitive functions
Impaired limbic system functions

All combined, these symptoms cause a person to become highly suspicious and distru­stful of others, according to the University of Arizona. Oftent­imes, users may feel they’re being watched.

7. Flat Affect

As with most any psychotic state, amphet­amine psychosis symptoms can fluctuate from extreme to mild. One minute a person may enter into a fit of rage and the next minute experience (or appear to experi­ence) total calm.

Someone displaying a flat affect shows little to no emotional response at all to the point where his or her behaviors almost appear catato­nic­-like. A person may stare off into space for prolonged periods of time or fail to respond when someone talks to him or her.

8. Delusions

Delusions arise from fully formed belief systems within a person’s mind. This amphet­amine psychosis symptom can drive a person to view his or her spouse or mother or even child as an imposter or a stranger. Delusi­on-­based thinking will persist in the face of logical proof, which is a prime indicator that a person has lost touch with reality.

9. Disorg­anized Speech Patterns

Warped thought processes form the basis for much of the odd behaviors psychosis causes. Once a person’s mind enters into a continuous train of thought, his or her speech patterns will likely start to verbally express them.

Disorg­anized speech patterns reflect the degree of confusion going on in the mind. Most every amphet­amine psychosis symptom reflects this confusion in one way or another.

10. Lifestyle Changes

In light of the overall dysfun­ction that takes over when amphet­amine psychosis symptoms arise, users start to display certain lifestyle changes over time, some of which include:
A decline in personal grooming and hygiene
A decline in school or work perfor­mance
Isolating from friends and family
Loss of interest in extrac­urr­icular activities
Money problems

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