Mental illnesses are a very sad part of reality and affect many people across the world. Amongst one of the most dangerous disorders is schizophrenia, a debilitating and dangerous illness that can severely warp a victim’s vision of reality. More frightening is the fact that some drug addicts exhibit psychotic behavior that is similar to the symptoms of schizophrenia. In this case, people who suffer from a form of addiction or who frequently abuse drugs may be misdiagnosed as schizophrenics. While health experts do not believe drugs induce schizophrenia, these patients could potentially be more susceptible to reckless behavior that may result in abuse or addiction.

What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia isa severe form of psychosis, a mental disorder that affects how patients perceive reality. Patients who suffer from this disorder cannot distinguish between the real world and their imaginations and experience psychotic episodes, incidents in which their personalities and behavior change dramatically. Regardless of common perceptions, schizophrenia patients do not suffer from multiple personalities. Sadly, there is no cure for this illness.

Symptoms of schizophrenia include:

  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Catatonic state
  • Speaking discernable words or phrases
  • Erratic thought patterns
  • Loss of connection with friends, family, and social habits
  • Inability to complete daily activities

Now, let’s take a closer look at some signs and symptoms of drug addiction:

  • Physical and emotional changes
  • Headaches and seizures
  • Erratic thought patterns
  • Distraction
  • Loss of interest in daily activities or social events
  • Inability to complete daily activities

Based on this information, you may have formed an idea for why drug addicts or may be misdiagnosed as schizophrenics.

Nicotine Addiction Amongst Schizophrenics

Health experts have argued that one of the most common drugs abused by schizophrenics is nicotine. In fact, health experts have determined that these patients experience this form of addiction at a rate of 75 to 90%, in contrast to non-schizophrenics who experience a rate of 25 to 30%. Doctors guiding patients through nicotine withdrawal must carefully balance the daily antipsychotic dose as part of the detox process. To date, scientists are unsure of why schizophrenics adopt smoking as a habit.


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