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Substance Abuse Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Substance Abuse Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

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

A. A maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by one (or more) of the following, occurring within a 12-month period: 

(1)     recurrent substance use resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home (e.g., repeated absences or poor work performance related to substance use; substance-related absences, suspensions, or expulsions from school; neglect of children or household)

(2)     recurrent substance use in situations in which it is physically hazardous (e.g., driving an automobile or operating a machine when impaired by substance use)


(3)     recurrent substance-related legal problems (e.g., arrests for sub­stance-related disorderly conduct)


(4)     continued substance use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of the substance (e.g., arguments with spouse about conse­quences of intoxication, physical fights) 

B. The symptoms have never met the criteria for Substance Dependence for this class of substance. 

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)

See additional Diagnosis and Treatment Codes Above Right Hand Corner 

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