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Substance-Induced Psychotic Disorder

Substance-induced psychotic disorder is a diagnosis in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), for individuals who suffer from hallucinations or delusions occurring soon after substance intoxication or withdrawal and that are not better explained by a mental health disorder. A substance may induce psychotic symptoms (i.e., hallucinations or delusions) while the individual is under the influence of the substance or after the individual stops using the substance. Hallucinations are typically visual but may also include auditory hallucination, tactile hallucination, and tasting or smelling things that are not there and are outside the patient’s scope of cognition and understanding. Delusions, on the other hand, are a shift in the patient’s reality and involve fixed false beliefs. A substance-induced ...

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