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Amphetamine Abuse Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Amphetamine Abuse Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Amphetamine Abuse symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Amphetamine Abuse symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Amphetamine Abuse symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Amphetamine Abuse symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 


Criteria for 305.70 Amphetamine Abuse 

Also refer to the text and criteria for Substance Abuse. Legal difficulties typically arise as a result of behavior while intoxicated with amphetamines (especially aggressive behavior), as a consequence of obtaining the drug on the illegal market, or as a result of drug possession or use.  Occasionally, individuals with Amphetamine Abuse will engage in illegal acts to obtain the drug; however, this behavior is more common among those with dependence.  Individuals may continue to use the substance despite the knowledge that continued use results in arguments with family members while the individual is intoxicated or presents a negative example to children or other close family members.  When these problems are accompanied by evidence of tolerance, withdrawal, or compulsive behavior, a diagnosis of Amphetamine Dependence rather than Abuse should be considered.

Information from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic  Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist  (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)

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