Crystal Meth & Schizophrenia
CRYSTAL METH USE CAN HAVE DISTURBING SIDE EFFECTS, ACCORDING TO HEALTH-CARE WORKERS AND COUNSELLORS
A new story out of Canada discusses the use of methamphetamine and its relation to psychosis. It seems that the use of methamphetamine or as it sometimes called, crystal meth (one of its more popular street names), has the potential to induce psychosis:
(Psychiatrist) Dr. (Heather) Keizer (has seen) a spike in the number of youth with psychosis after using meth in the winter of 2004. It dropped a bit in the summer months but picked up again this past winter. She sees youth, mostly boys, who hear voices in the walls, in their heads and believe they're being chased. The psychosis lasts anywhere from a few weeks to more than a year with no end in sight. Methamphetamine changes the structure of the brain.It can be an "on switch" for schizophrenia, she said. "So we can clean you up, get the drugs out of your system and you're still psychotic because you've turned on that switch, and I do see that. I'll diagnose them with psychosis secondary to substance abuse, but a year down the road I diagnose them as schizophrenic.... I've had a lot of cases and that's why I'm disturbed by this."
According to a street drug resource book used by staff in emergency rooms, "only 20 per cent of crystal methamphetamine addicts ever recover. Yet, in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, meth is rated lower than cannabis-based drugs." This news is distressing considering that research has already shown that the use of cannabis or pot can induce psychosis. Supporting this point, Dr. Keizer has "also seen patients who have experienced psychosis after smoking pot." In addition, it seems that dealers sometimes combine crystal meth with pot. Dr. Reizer encourages parents to be "vigilant" with their children when it comes to drugs. She states, "(i)t's OK to say no to marijuana even if they (parents) tried it when they were young. It's not the same stuff." Further, though this may seem like a teenage problem, the ages of Dr. Reizer's patients span all the way from 13 to 50. Thus, psychosis induced by drugs, isn't a problem that only youth face.
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Title: "HAUNTED:; CRYSTAL METH USE CAN HAVE DISTURBING SIDE EFFECTS, ACCORDING TO HEALTH-CARE WORKERS AND COUNSELLORS" Author: LAURA CUDWORTH Date: July 6, 2005.
Posted by Laura at July 8, 2005 11:02 PM
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I would like to say that pot can help releave depression and some of the other unpleasenties of schizopherinia. The side effect of parinoia is always there with or with out drugs.
I have found that some medications, for treatment Risperdol caused me black outs
at a very high dose and I was luck to find a lower dose of another medication to take it's place. Over medication can cause the patient to be grogy and overly sleepy unable to work. Also as well meaning as they are long hospital stays end up as a small nightmare to cover up on ones resume' when looking for work. No one wants to hire a schizophrenic. The stigma is big with mental disorders and to say that drugs cause this hurts this community.
Posted by: will at March 21, 2006 07:45 AM
Why isn't this subject matter more public.I thought i was alone for over a decade.That was ten yrs. ago.
I suffered immeasurably for a good 10yrs. plus with crystal-meth psychosis.Every morning, hoping to be normal again and Not.Seriously
contemplating suicide everyday because of it.Holding on in the hopes of a miracle or the like.I only saw a shimmer of hope when i started to cut back on drinking and start to take natural supplements along with a intense excercise routine.Eventually the psychosis went away completely, unless i smoked pot or took part in old habits(painkillers,cocaine,
excessive drinking etc.)and recently found that if i take allergy medication with Psuedophedrin/Ephedrin in it(Mucinex,Tavist-D,etc.) which is basically tweak(speed).I didn't know this,so now i am trying to recover once again.It's a Hell i was hoping to Never have to visit again.The thread of sanity is delicate indeed.
Posted by: Talus at June 17, 2006 03:31 AM
I want to help others with my affliction...this is more than some sunday night pre-occupation. Death comes in many forms.It is ofen it never leaves.
Posted by: Talus at June 29, 2006 02:10 AM
I am also glad to see this web site! My brother just commited suicide by police as a result of his drug use. He went into a serious drug induced phycosis and never came out of it. I am finding it very hard to understand what was going through his head and how he got to that point. I am writing my paper for college on Drug Use and Mental Illness and whether or not they are related. I also have a friend who was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic after he began using drugs. Because some of you do have mental illnesses I would like to ask you if you think it was caused by your use of drugs? If you would like to talk more with me about this I would certainly appreciate it! My e-mail adress is firstname.lastname@example.org. thank you so much for your time and helping me to better understand.
Posted by: Jennifer at August 8, 2006 09:11 PM
My husband committed suicide after a dealing with the withdrawl effects of a 4 yr long pain killer addiction. Actually, not sure what actually caused the trigger for the phycosis, but it was the final days of inhaling nitrious oxide that created what I can only describe as schizophrenic type behavior. I know he was extremely depressed after withdrawing from the pain killers, and used the N20 to "numb" his pain. Unfortunately, it cost him his life. So...yes, I do believe that prolonged drug use, to some extent, can create this phycosis. He never displayed any type of this behavior prior. Any input?
Posted by: Hollee at December 17, 2006 01:34 PM
I am so sad to know there are so many of us left to grieve the loss of loved ones. I have a 29 year old son that I 'lost' to drug misuse 13 years ago. Whilst he is still physically living, he has damaged himself and sometimes others during that time. What drugs he hasn't experimented with isn't worth mentioning. He has been on and off a mental health section on a revolving door basis since his first psychotic attack, and it would cause me distress to relay the life threatening stuff that he has done under the influence during that time. Three months ago he jumped from his bedroom window under the influence of amphetimines that caused him he says, sleep deprevation, so he decided to smoke pot, and drink a bottle of vodka to over ride the sleeplessness. Instead he had a paranoid attack and jumped out of his bedroom window. He broke his ankle, and is once again hospitalized with broken mind, and healing broken ankle. In my opinion there's an epidemic of drugs causing chaos in the world, and the only ignorance that is as wide spread as the drugs themselves. It is not difficult to believe that wars have been fought over 'opium' and the sales from all this have funded grand houses and palaces. I watched a video on google on the CIA involvement and drugs, narrated by Alex Jones, researcher and reporter, in the USA. What chance of ever being free globally when it's seemingly orchestrated by this level? I can't help but notice that drug barons, or way up high on the ladder of drugs, these individuals don't take stuff, just the money made from misery. I have yet to enter a pychiatric ward and see a millionaire drug baron suffering from psychosis, scizophrenia triggered by subtances that change the state of the brain forever. They know what they do, that's why they don't take them, just the money to build more empires out of robbing us of our loved ones because they have no conscience. If they did, they would not do what they do. And a person who has no conscience from what I know, is a psychopath with an incurable sanity problem no different to Hilter, and his ilk. Why are drugs given to military soldiers if not to unleash the darker side of the brain, to 'make' people into killers without questioning their actions? I am not suggesting that the small military people know what they are being given, they are being used just like our children. They too, just like our children are being manipulated and decieved by ignorance.
Posted by: Jane at January 1, 2007 12:14 AM
I feel like all drug use is totally unacceptable. It tore my family apart and in the end, it's the children who suffer. My ex-husband and I used Ice for 5-6 years and the results were devastating. I was sent to prison and he left our sons with his mother because he was too addicted to the ice. Our children not only lost me to the system but also lost their father. I am currently trying my best to get my life back on track. I enrolled in college and work a part-time job at the mall. I don't have my sons yet because I don't have the stability they need to grow up in today's society. I need to get a vehicle and a home and then I will get them back and the best part is that I'll be sober and 100% functionable. Life is sooo much more beautiful when you can see the world through sober eyes and not thinking everyone is out to get you cuz you're paranoid! Pot was the first drug I used and eventually I did it all! So NO, pot is not OK to use! Whoever thinks that must not have children and if they do, do you think it's okay that your children are only getting maybe 65% of you? I say that because you are not fully capable to function as you would be if you were sober. There are prescription drugs you can recieve instead of street drugs. And will it really be worth it when you are handcuffed in the back seat of a cop car on your way to jail..or worse PRISON? I THINK NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take heed to this comment those of you who are using but not quite addicted. If you have children, hug them and tell them you love them everyday and if you need help cuz you feel you've passed that invisible line, get help by contacting a rehab near you before it's too late and you end up without your children. Not being able to hug them whenever you want, or kiss them goodnight, or cook a noodle soup for them, or just sit on the couch and watch cartoons with them. If not for yourself then do it for them! I know I am! For me and for them! Good Luck and God Bless Everyone and Anyone who's lost to the other world!
Posted by: laura at January 25, 2007 01:11 PM
I WAS ON LITHIUM CARBONATE 10 YEARS IN 1990S AND I WAS FOUND TO NOT BE BI-POLAR AS I WAS ON ALOT MEGA VITAMINS AND ALOT CAFIENE AND 1 TO 2 BEERS OR WINE A DAY.I AM NOW 45 AND CONCERNED I WILL GET SCHIZOFRENIA AT AGE 50 OR 60 INSTEAD OF AT AGE 90 OR WHEN YOU DIE.I CUT OUT CAFIENE IN 2005.NOW I AM READING THAT MY SEVERE WITHDRAW AND HALLUCINATIONS WILL HURT ME NOW IN LIFE WHEN THINGS ARE SO CALM NOW TOO. THE BRAIN RECEPTORS ARE DAMAGED IN MY HEAD I BELIEVE YET I CAN FUNCTION LIKE ANYONE AND TAKE ONLY A MULTI VITAMIN AT HALF A DOSE NOW.THIS WAS WHAT STARTED MY TROUBLES AT AGE 19 TOO. I AM BLOGGING THIS BUT I WILL TALK TO A M.D. DOCTOR ABOUT THIS.I ONLY DRINK 2 DARK BEERS A DAY OR WINE LAST 13 YEARS. I TRIED TO QUIT ALCOHOL OF 2 BEERS 5 DAYS A WEEK AND I AM NOW HAVING ALOT WITHDRAWAL EFFECTS LAST 2 WEEKS.NOW ITS GOING AWAY.I WAS TOLD TO GO OFF ALCOHOL EVERY 2 OR 3 MONTH FOR 3 OR 4 WEEKS AS TO NOT DAMAGE THE BODYS ORGANS OR DONATE 4 PINTS A YEAR LIKE PASTOR WILLIAM JURGENS DOES IN BEATRICE,NEBRASKA
Posted by: DAN CIANCI at March 27, 2007 02:43 PM
I completely agree with this. Im 29 and I 1st started using when I was 16 and not long after that is when my psycosis began, Ive completely fallen apart at the seams so many times ive lost count, in the 100s I suspect. While on the drug I have sat and carried on conversations with a brick wall, hearing voices that are usually faint but just to the point where they are understandable, thinking people are outside my window in the bushes laughing at my wigging out but when I go outside to confront them there is noone there. Ive sat in the dark for days, alone, talking to myself, completely suicidal, and have came so very close to going through with it. In fact, the only thing that stopped me was the thought of how it would affect my family members (parents and sibling, I have no children). I usually have the power to resist the drug, that is until I start drinking, and then my resistance goes out the window, and when I get drunk enough to stumble out the door and end up adding some meth to the mix I usually completely fall to pieces. I firmly believe that this drug can indeed cause permanant psycosis, especially in those individuals that have some sort of chemical imbalance to start with. Ive suffered with paranoia, extreme isolation, long unemployment, and mind whopping debt for many years. The only way I can function is to not do ANYTHING for a long period of time, especially drink. Then it will eventually go away after a month or 2, at least to the point where it is just slight during really high stressful situations. That is a hard thing to stick with. The only friends that I have are hardcore users, and even those are few anymore, I havent had a relationship with someone for around 9 years (usually because I feel so worthless that I just dont even bother wasting my time), havent had sex in almost 3, and I have debt collectors calling every half hour, sometimes the tempation is just too hard to resist for me. Ive gotten to the point where I wake up crying daily because I cannot handle it anymore. My drug induced psycosis has made me say and do things that make me feel so ashamed that I will isolate myself for extremely long periods of time, until I finally give in because I cant handle it anymore that I give in to tempation and buy some beer, thus starts the cycle all over again. I was clean from 1999-2004 and during that time I got my GED and even went to college for a while. An old aquantance suddenly started hanging around and he has allways been a really bad addict so naturally I ended up back on it again and then what I built eventually crumbled again. Ive lost the will to do everything practicly, I dont even have the concentation or interest. What gets me is that some people can do this without any problem however, I suppose because they are just naturally more stable, but for people like me who have completely broken down 100s of times because of it the nightmare will never end, and I do stress the word nightmare. Ive thought about just getting up and moving somewhere really far away, like say Seattle or somewhere (3000 miles sounds like a nice round number), but im so financially screwed I cant do diddilly squat. Ive literally packed my clothes up and was in the car with the keys in my hand a number of times compleltely convinced that if I didnt that I was going to end up a suicide. Im desperately trying to pull myself together, but im scarred.
Posted by: todd at April 7, 2007 07:02 AM
i also suffering with depresion and take pills regularly i no its one kind of drugs but when i can't take medicine i fill very very lazy and too much headeche
Posted by: Jakee at June 21, 2007 09:00 AM
i am a regular drunker and take regularly pills in morning for suffering of headache
Posted by: tony at June 30, 2007 01:34 AM
They should just make MDMA legal and make psuedophedrin impossable to get without a prescription. That way meth heads will turn to the less harmful than alcohol drug MDMA (Ecstasy) There problem solved.
Posted by: Person at July 17, 2007 12:32 PM
my partner and I both used meth, together, and for years separately before we met. During my using, paranoid thoughts were a regular everyday occurance. After my arrest and incarceration, it began to fade. I heard voices for several months. Once I entered treatment, i began to talk openly about my paranoia. I would count white trucks, and would begin to believe they were out to get me. After a year of sobriety, it has just about disappeared. However, for my partner, things are not so good. He still uses pot, and has recently quit coke in the past couple months. the paranoia, the delusions, they are still quite present. In order to get the voices to stop, I find him burning holes in his arms with cigarette's. I don't know if this is just drug induced, which could possibly heal in time, or if it is a lasting inescapable condition. I worry if it's genetic, as we are getting closer to the birth of our child. However, I know with myself, the voices began after i started dancing with meth. It faded slowly as time went on. With him, I stay on my tiptoes, cause of what "they" might say. I know drugs had influence, and impact.......
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Posted by: penisa at August 20, 2007 04:31 AM
I didn't know I smoked meth,I was given it and did'nt know what it was.The smoke had a nice taste but i had some horrible reactions. I was an awful person and insulting and bizarre and thought I was just crappy.I previously thought I was smoking DMT. I was buying the wrong thing and can assure you, I didn't plan to become paranoid and f-ed up. i was awaiting delightful mind opening experiences but instead became a rat like, angry person and quite bitter to my family when I'm normally pretty easy going.
i did have improved concentration--but uh, not on anything that was functional for me. i did start doing it quite a bit, shocked that dmt could be this addictive. i stopped when i collapsed. i wasted a lot of time trying to become some kind of shaman i guess. now i've destroyed everything, lost a lot of everything and am somewhat reclusive and plain unhappy right now. i understand feeling good, but i mostly just felt really awful.... but nevertheless thought i may have just had a bad batch and kept trying. i did find out i'm probably scitzophrenic whether i did this stuff or not. i'm trying now to rebuild allthe bridges i tore down in my manic terrible episodes. i did finally learn that nobody really cares about anyone else much. that unfortunately is the norm.
Posted by: lissa at September 14, 2007 05:27 PM
hi ive been doing drugs since i was 14 i am now 28 and was diagnosed and sectioned due to drug induced psychosis i am sane but my brain does not feel normal i get scared and i find it hard to function day to day im clean and feel stupid because of the things i was doing and hearing voices conspiracy theories people out to kill me so on so on i would like to know if things get better in time as im always hearing music in my head and visions of suicidal thoughts is there anybody out here who has had this and came out of it or is it a life time problem please send your advice to me thank you darryl
Posted by: darryl at October 24, 2007 04:53 AM
Did you know that the same people who invented LSD make a drug to treat schizophrenia. ?Al? Hoffman invented lsd and sandoz sold it as LSD-25 or "***pure***" LSD. clozaril/clozapine. made by sandoz.
Posted by: john ceran at October 26, 2007 11:10 AM
ive suffered from major depression anxiety since i was 14, im turning 18 next month and have struggled greatly over the last 4 years to keep my depression under control, ive been using pot & amphs for the last two years. along with my depression medication (prozac) this caused me to have a very severe breakdown which i beleive to be an early warning sign of schizophrenia. i wont get into fine detail but it involved hearing voices, falling to the ground as if i was paralysed and finally ended with self harm and hospitalisation. after that i kicked the drugs as well as the medication. there was a great decrease of suicidal thoughts which ive heard can be increased by prozac. im doing alright now, its just ironic how information this great has never been put before my eyes by any of the pyschs, docs etc. thanks for the info
Posted by: lachlan at December 18, 2007 01:33 PM
I am working with a lot of meth addicts. I want to ask people who maybe know better than me - but it seems to me that by using pot they are coping better with withdrawal symptoms. It is not the lesser of the two evils? It , so some point worries me that they now use pot but my main concern is still that they get off the meth.Pot is obviously less damaging. Can anyone help me in this regard please - I have about 40 people to look after.PLease give me some advice people!
Posted by: JC at April 16, 2008 01:03 AM