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Can you develop schizophrenia from drug use?

Can you develop schizophrenia from drug use?

Drugs do not directly cause schizophrenia, but studies have shown drug misuse increases the risk of developing schizophrenia or a similar illness. Certain drugs, particularly cannabis, cocaine, LSD or amphetamines, may trigger symptoms of schizophrenia in people who are susceptible.

How long can drug-induced psychosis last?

In about 60% of cases psychotic symptoms resolved within one month of terminating illicit drug use, in about 30% of cases the psychotic symptoms persisted for 1 to 6 months after stopping illicit drug use and in about 10% of cases psychotic symptoms persisted for more than 6 months after stopping illicit drug use.

What does drug-induced psychosis feel like?

Symptoms are gradual with drug use and may include several effects, including delusions or hallucinations. Other symptoms include; Emotional changes, such as not showing emotion and difficulty expressing feelings. Violent or erratic behaviour, possibly actions that can be dangerous.

When does the use of marijuana trigger psychosis?

When marijuana use triggers psychosis the symptoms often set in quickly and without much warning. But everyone’s experience is unique and there may be warning signs that someone is beginning to develop psychotic symptoms. This is called pre-psychosis or early psychosis.

Are there any studies on marijuana and schizophrenia?

While the research on marijuana and the mind has not yet connected all the dots, these new studies provide one more reason to caution young people against using marijuana—especially if they have a family member affected by schizophrenia or some other psychotic disorder.

How does marijuana affect the mind of a teenager?

Teenagers and young adults who use marijuana may be messing with their heads in ways they don’t intend. Evidence is mounting that regular marijuana use increases the chance that a teenager will develop psychosis, a pattern of unusual thoughts or perceptions, such as believing the television is transmitting secret messages.

What kind of delusions are caused by marijuana?

Paranoia is one of the more common delusions triggered by marijuana use. Another possibility is that a person may have delusions of grandiosity that lead them to engage in behaviors that are very risky and dangerous. This might include reckless driving, jumping from a height, or any other activity they would normally not attempt.