Psychotic behavior is a break with reality. Psychotic individuals usually present with delusions or hallucinations. These experiences with psychosis could cause people to hurt themselves or to hurt others. Hallucinations can be either visual or auditory. Visual hallucinations are seeing things that aren’t there and auditory hallucinations are hearing things that aren’t there. All of this can be very frightening for the individual experiencing the psychosis as well as the person witnessing the event.
Once a person exhibits the signs of psychosis, it must be determined what is causing it. It could be an illness or an injury such as a head injury. However, it could also be from drug use, especially amphetamine or methamphetamine. If a person is addicted to alcohol and suddenly stops using it, this can bring on psychosis during the withdrawal symptoms. If you are worried about a loved one who may be experiencing psychotic behavior, try to rule out reasons for it or take them to see a physician and let the doctor determine where the cause could lie.
What is Methamphetamine?
If you are suspicious that your loved one may be abusing drugs of some type, you may want to look closer at this as being the cause of the psychotic behavior. Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug which can be taken by mouth, snorted, smoked, or injected. Meth addiction changes a person’s outward appearance tremendously. More than likely, if your loved one is addicted to meth, it won’t take you a long time to figure it out. Some of the signs of meth addiction are:
- Increased talkativeness
- Increased activity and not sleeping much
- Decreased appetite
- Increased respiration
- Increased moodiness
- Aggressive or violent behavior
More Signs of Meth Addiction
Some other signs you may see in the individual are skin that looks like a case of severe acne, sometimes open wounds, or scabs. It looks like this because of them obsessively picking at their skin, most of the time on the face. They will also complain of feeling as if something is crawling on the skin and they will scratch incessantly. Another big sign of meth addiction is tooth decay or tooth loss. Addiction to meth causes a dry mouth from the harsh chemicals used in making meth and also from a lack of hygiene. Meth causes the tooth loss and decay. Another sign you may notice is hair breakage or falling out because of them not eating nutritious food and also from the harsh chemicals they are ingesting.
Psychotic Behavior and Meth Addiction
Psychotic behavior is very common among meth addicts, especially if they are abusing the meth along with other substances like alcohol or marijuana. Heavy meth use can trigger psychotic episodes in users. The user may only feel subconscious in public as if everyone is watching them or they may feel overly suspicious of someone for no reason. They may think that someone is ‘out to get them.’ Feeling this way may cause them to act in an irrational or unpredictable way. If a person abuses meth for an extended period of heavy usage, they could develop schizophrenia from the drug use. Schizophrenia will cause them to have
psychosis even when not on the drug.
Seek Treatment for Meth Addiction
If you have a loved one who is exhibiting psychotic behavior, this could very well be caused by meth addiction. Try to encourage them to seek treatment for their addiction, so they do not continue on this path of devastation and destruction. There is help available for meth addiction as well as any other drug addiction. Encourage them to get help and return to a drug-free life of productivity, health and sobriety.