Essay on COCAINE-INDUCED PSYCHOSIS

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Cocaine-Induced Psychosis

Cocaine- A Short History Coca is one of the oldest, most potent and dangerous stimulants of natural origin. It was first extracted from its leaves and isolated into cocaine in 1859. The drug rapidly became popular. But it took over 20 yrs. before it was popular in the medical community. Then, in 1886, coca leaves were an added ingredient Coca-Cola. Sigmund Freud, who used the drug himself, was the 1st person to promote cocaine as a tonic to cure depression and sexual impotence calling it a “magical” substance. He promoted the drug to friends, one of whom ended up suffering from paranoid hallucinations from it. He also had a patient die from a high dose that he had prescribed. In1905 snorting cocaine became
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Psychosocial stress has been found to be an independent risk factor for psychosis relapse, even without further cocaine use in certain cases. Though less common banned stimulant psychosis, cocaine can also cause a severe and life-threatening condition known as excited delirium. This condition manifests as a combination of delirium, psycho boulder agitation, anxiety, delusions, hallucinations, speech disturbances, disorientation, violent and bizarre behavior, insensitivity to pain, elevated body temperature, and superhuman strength. Despite some superficial similarities in presentation, excited delirium is a distinct and more serious condition from simple cocaine psychosis.

Effects of Cocaine
What happens to many while under the influence Because drugs directly affect the mind, they distort perception and the person’s actions can become odd or bizarre, irrational, even inappropriate and tactile hallucinations creates the illusion of bugs crawling or burrowing under the skin (this is why many users pick their faces). Drugs block off all sensations in muddy the person’s thinking. It is a short-lived, intense high followed by depression, edginess and craving for more. Users often do not eat or sleep properly as it curves both. Because cocaine interferes with the way the brain processes chemicals, one needs more of the drug. Those who become addicted, as with most drugs, lose interest in other areas

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