Neurologic Manifestations of Chronic Methamphetamine Abuse

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Abstract

The drug with perhaps the greatest impact on the practice of Psychiatry is Methamphetamine. By increasing the extracellular concentrations of dopamine while slowly damaging the dopaminergic neurotransmission, Meth is a powerfully addictive drug whose chronic use preferentially causes psychiatric complications. Chronic Meth users have deficits in memory and executive functioning as well as higher rates of anxiety, depression, and most notably psychosis. It is because of addiction and chronic psychosis from Meth abuse that the Meth user is most likely to come to the attention of the practicing Psychiatrist/Psychologist. Understanding the chronic neurologic manifestations of Meth abuse will better arm practitioners with the diagnostic and therapeutic tools needed to make the Meth epidemic one of historical interest only.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-275
Number of pages15
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013

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Keywords

  • Choreoathetoid
  • Formication
  • Methamphetamine abuse
  • Parkinson's
  • Psychosis
  • Punding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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