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Have you ever had symptoms of meth psychosis?






About Psychosis

Psychosis brought on by any kind of meth, including ice and speed, can be a very scary experience. MethMethamphetamine - amphetamine with the addition of a methyl group on the molecular chain, which gives it a potent effect. psychosisMental health disorder that can include hearing or seeing things (hallucinations), false beliefs (delusions), extreme suspiciousness (paranoia), and seemingly irrational behaviour. can potentially put the person and those around them at risk of physical harm. 

Many meth users report having mild symptoms such as illusionsA mental impression caused by a misinterpretation of an actual event (e.g. a shadow is thought to be a person)., or having 'odd' thoughts that come and go.

But some meth users have more severe episodes where they hear or see things that aren't there (hallucinationsA sensation that has no basis in reality, can involve hearing, seeing, feeling or smelling.), or become extremely anxious and believe that people are out to get them in some way (paranoiaExtreme suspiciousness, can be linked to a false belief (delusion) of being under threat from harm.). Some people believe that they have super-human abilities such as being able to fly, and if the person acts on this belief they will definitely get hurt.  

Psychosis can also cause people to become emotionally unstable or agitated, and act in seemingly irrational, hostile or sometimes violent ways. This is the most common reason why people are taken to hospital emergency departments for immediate treatment.

Many people recover spontaneously from these symptoms within a few hours as the meth wears off and they get some much needed sleep. On the other hand, psychosisMental health disorder that can include hearing or seeing things (hallucinations), false beliefs (delusions), extreme suspiciousness (paranoia), and seemingly irrational behaviour. can persist for days, weeks, months or longer and in this case people need specialist mental health treatment.

Regular and dependentThree or more of the following: strong desire to use; use more than intended: wish to reduce or stop; use despite harms; tolerance; withdrawal. meth users are at greatest risk for psychosisMental health disorder that can include hearing or seeing things (hallucinations), false beliefs (delusions), extreme suspiciousness (paranoia), and seemingly irrational behaviour., as are injectors and smokers of crystal meth.   

How can I reduce my risk?

  • Take regular breaks from meth and NEVER use more than twice a week.
  • If you do feel scared or have symptoms, go somewhere quiet and familiar where you can feel safe and get grounded. Take a support person who can talk you through it and help you stay calm until the meth wears off. If it doesn't wear off, get some help straight away.

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