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Cocaine Dependence Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Cocaine Dependence Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

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

304.20 Cocaine Dependence

A Cocaine dependence diagnosis should only be given after referring to the criteria for substance dependence. Cocaine dependence may occur after using cocaine for a very short period of time, because of cocaine’s potent euphoric effects. One of the earlier signs of cocaine dependence is limited ability to withstand the use of cocaine when it is present or available. Cocaine requires frequent dosage to maintain the "high" because of its short half-life. Individuals with dependence on this drug may spend extremely large amounts of money for this drug within a extremely short period of time. Often an individual using this drug may become involved in drug dealing, prostitution, and theft in order to obtain money to purchase this drug. Persons with cocaine dependence also find it necessary at times to discontinue its use for a short period of time to rest or obtain additional resources. Individual responsibility such as childcare or work may be severely neglected to use or obtain cocaine. Chronic use may result in mental or physical problems such as paranoid ideation, depression, aggressive behavior, anxiety and weight loss. Tolerance frequently occurs with repeated use regardless of the route of administration. Withdrawal symptoms are frequently reported and are usually associated with high-dose use and are usually transitory.


Specifiers such as the following may be applied to the diagnosis of cocaine dependence.

With Physiological Dependence

Without Physiological Dependence

Early Full Remission

Early Partial Remission

Sustained Full Remission

Sustained Partial Remission

On Agonist Therapy

In a Controlled Environment

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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