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What is the diagnosis for Stimulant Intoxication?

A diagnosis of “stimulant intoxication” is based on the recent use of an amphetamine-type substance, cocaine, or another simulant while demonstrating the following:

  • Significant problematic behavioral or psychological changes (e.g. euphoria or blunted emotions, changes in sociability, hypervigilance, interpersonal sensitivity, anxiety, tension or anger, impaired judgment).
  • Two or more of the following symptoms:
    • Rapid heartbeat or slower than normal heart rate
    • Pupillary dilation
    • Elevated or lowered blood pressure
    • Perspiration or chills
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Weight loss
    • Psychomotor agitation or retardation
    • Muscular weakness, respirator depression, chest pain, or cardia arrhythmias
    • Confusion, seizures, coma, involuntary movements/muscle contractions

The symptoms are not attributable to another medical condition or mental disorder, including intoxication with another substance.

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Mental Health Library Sources:

Information included in all topics of the Mental Health Library comes from the Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5 and Kaplan & Sadock’s Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry. Complete diagnostic and treatment information may be found within these publications.

Disclaimer:

Information within the Mental Health Library is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis purposes. Rather, it is provided as a public educational service to make people aware of mental health conditions. Please consult a qualified mental health professional for a diagnosis of any suspected mental health illness.

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