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Phencyclidine Intoxication Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Phencyclidine Intoxication Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Phencyclidine intoxication symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Phencyclidine intoxication  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 Phencyclidine intoxication symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing consideration. This information on Phencyclidine intoxication symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician.


Phencyclidine Intoxication Diagnostic criteria:

Diagnostic criteria for 292.89 Phencyclidine Intoxication


A.    Recent use of phencyclidine (or related substance).


B.    Clinically significant maladaptive behavioral changes (e.g., belligerence, assaultiveness, impulsiveness, unpredictability, psychomotor agitation, impaired judgment, or impaired social or occupational functioning) that developed during, or shortly after, phencyclidine use.


C.    Within an hour (less when smoked, “snorted,” or used intravenously), two (or more) of the following signs:


(1)   vertical or horizontal nystagmus

(2)   hypertension or tachycardia

(3)   numbness or diminished responsiveness to pain

(4)   ataxia

(5)   dysarthria

(6)   muscle rigidity

(7)   seizures or coma

(8)   hyperacusis


D.    The symptoms are not due to a general medical condition and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder.


Specify if:

    With Perceptual Disturbances


Information adapted from the 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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