Amphetamine Related Psychiatric Disorders


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Amphetamines belong to a class of compounds called phenethylamines which induce catecholaminergic effects in the CNS and peripheral circulation. Recreational use of amphetamines has reached epidemic proportions in Asia, Australasia, and the United States. Most agree that psychosis following amphetamine use is characterized by persecutory delusions, visual hallucinations, and symptoms resembling acute psychosis most commonly observed in schizophrenia. This activity reviews amphetamine-related psychiatric disorders, including pathophysiology, presentation, and diagnosis, and highlights the interprofessional team's role in the management of these patients.

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This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of social workers.

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At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the pathophysiology of amphetamine-related psychiatric disorders.
  • Outline the typical presentation of a patient with amphetamine-related psychiatric disorders.
  • Outline the available treatment and management options for amphetamine-related psychiatric disorders.
  • Discuss the interprofessional team strategies for improving care and outcomes in patients with amphetamine-related psychiatric disorders.


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