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    Woman Having Psychosis Symptoms- LSD Psychosis | Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

    Heavy use of the psychedelic drug lysergic acid diethylamide, also known as LSD, can cause psychotic symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, and disorganized behavior.

    Symptoms of psychosis related to LSD use are likely indistinguishable from symptoms of schizophrenia, a separate mental disorder. Healthcare professionals may require a family history of mental health and drug use before giving an accurate diagnosis.

    Treating LSD-induced psychosis can involve managing symptoms with antipsychotic medications. More research may be required to effectively treat mental health problems caused by substance use.

    Causes Of LSD Psychosis

    LSD can increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter linked to mood and perception, by binding to 5-HT2A receptors, a subtype of serotonin receptors.

    Heavy use of LSD can lead to high serotonin amounts in the brain, which may cause changes in perception, mood, and reality. High serotonin can also cause severe psychological effects.

    LSD use can worsen existing schizophrenic symptoms. Hallucinogens such as LSD may be contraindicated, or not recommended for use, in patients with existing psychotic disorders.

    Psychotic Symptoms Caused By LSD

    Psychotic symptoms caused by LSD use may include:

    • delusions
    • auditory and visual hallucinations
    • changes in perception
    • dissociation
    • severe impairment
    • unresponsiveness

    Psychotic episodes may occur alongside other side effects of LSD, such as dilated pupils, changes in body temperature, loss of appetite, increased blood pressure, and sleeping problems. Psychotic episodes may rarely occur after the effects of LSD wear off.

    Treatment Options For Drug-Induced Psychosis

    Psychosis caused by substance abuse may not have standardized treatment options. Doctors may attempt to reduce psychotic symptoms by prescribing antipsychotics, a type of drug that can manage psychotic episodes. Other treatment options may vary between locations and providers.

    Use of LSD and other psychoactive drugs such as psilocybin can worsen existing mental health problems, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. If you struggle with co-occurring drug abuse and mental health problems, professional help may be a viable option.

    To learn about our inpatient and outpatient treatment options for substance abuse and mental illness, please contact us today. Our dual diagnosis treatment services can give you or your loved one the help you need.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2023 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.
    Medically Reviewed by
    Kimberly Langdon M.D.
    on November 15, 2022
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