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Cannabis Abuse Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Cannabis Abuse Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Cannabis Abuse symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Cannabis 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 Cannabis Abuse symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing consideration. This information on Cannabis 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.


305.2 Cannabis Abuse Diagnostic Criteria:

Cannabis abuse involves periodic use and intoxication which may interfere with an individual's performance at school or work and even be physically hazardous in a multitude of situations such as driving a car or heavy machinery. Cannabis abuse can also lead to legal problems and negative consequences such as arrest for possession. The abuse of cannabis may also lead to arguments with spouses or parents because of the possession in the home or its presence around others. It may also lead to significant levels of tolerance along with psychological and physical problems associated with compulsive use, at which time a diagnosis of cannabis dependence should be considered rather than cannabis abuse.

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