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Cocaine Abuse Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Cocaine Abuse Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

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


Cocaine Abuse Diagnostic criteria:

305.60 Cocaine Abuse

A proper diagnosis of Cocaine Abuse requires reference to the text and criteria for Substance Abuse. Individuals experiencing Cocaine Abuse usually experience less intensity and frequency of administration when compared to Cocaine Dependence. Individuals experiencing Cocaine Abuse experience problematic use, interpersonal conflict and neglect responsibilities around paydays and special occasions resulting in patterns of brief high-dose use followed by much longer periods of non-problematic use or abstinence. Commonly, legal difficulties are experienced by individuals who use or are in possession of this drug. When use is accompanied by evidence of tolerance, withdrawal, or compulsive behaviors in obtaining and administering cocaine, a diagnosis of cocaine dependence rather than cocaine abuse should be considered.

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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