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What is the diagnosis for Stimulant Withdrawal?

A diagnosis of “stimulant withdrawal” is based on a person stopping/reducing prolonged amphetamine-type substance, cocaine, or other stimulant use while demonstrating two or more of the following symptoms within a few hours to several days:

  • Fatigue
  • Vivid, unpleasant dreams
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Increased appetite
  • Psychomotor retardation or agitation

The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. The symptoms are not attributable to another medical condition or mental disorder, including intoxication or withdrawal 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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