Psychiatric Symptoms in Methamphetamine Users

Published in: American Journal on Addictions, v. 13, no. 2, Mar.-Apr. 2004, p. 181-190

Posted on on January 01, 2004

by Joan E. Zweben, Judith B. Cohen, Darrell Christian, Gantt P. Galloway, Michelle Salinardi, David Parent, Martin Y. Iguchi

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The Methamphetamine Treatment Project (MTP) offers the opportunity to examine co-occurring psychiatric conditions in a sample of 1016 methamphetamine users participating in a multisite outpatient treatment study between 1999-2001. Participants reported high levels of psychiatric symptoms, particularly depression and attempted suicide, but also anxiety and psychotic symptoms. They also reported high levels of problems controlling anger and violent behavior, with a correspondingly high frequency of assault and weapons charges. Findings continue to support the value of integrated treatment for co-occurring conditions, especially the importance of training counseling staff to handle psychotic symptoms when needed.

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