Drug use can cause symptoms of mental illness. For some, even just one instance can trigger a serious mental health disorder, such as drug-induced psychotic disorder, or may result from an addiction.
If the condition is caused by the substance alone, then symptoms should diminish with the cessation of using the substance. However, if someone is predisposed to a mental disorder (such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder), the substance may trigger the onset of symptoms. Additionally, long-term use of the substance may cause a more permanent condition that does not cease even after the individual stops using the substance.
The types of disorders brought on by a substance include:
Substances that can lead to drug-induced mental illness include:
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