When lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, use first became popular, many medical professionals began to notice that there was a trend that connected the drug to patients with schizophrenia. LSD-induced hallucinations resembled those of schizophrenic patients. As a result, a theory began that LSD use could lead to schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that manifests itself in the breakdown of thought processes and poor emotional responsiveness. Auditory hallucinations (“hearing voices”), extreme agitation, delusions and disorganized speech and thinking are the common symptoms, and they are usually accompanied by social and occupational dysfunction as well. Schizophrenia usually presents first in young adulthood. Men tend to first display symptoms in their early 20s while women more frequently show signs in their early 30s.
The Connection between Schizophrenia and LSD Use
Genetics are believed to be a primary cause, but certain recreational and prescription drugs can worsen symptoms, such as marijuana. One in 200 people are affected with the disease, for which there is no known cure.
LSD’s effects are oddly similar to schizophrenia. The drug is well known for its association with the psychedelic phase of the 1960s. Those under the influence experience hallucinations, altered senses of time and spirituality, synesthesia and changes in thinking processes.
Not surprisingly, one of the drawbacks of LSD use is panic and extreme anxiety, which users refer to as a “bad trip.” It can cause drug-induced psychosis, which mimics the symptoms of schizophrenia. With long-term use, the drug can make such a disease far worse.
Studies reflecting the connection between the two stalled in the United States after LSD was made illegal. It is generally believed, though, that the connection is simply a similarity in signs and symptoms, as opposed to an actual direct connection. With that being said, there is no conclusive evidence saying that LSD is or is not related to the disease. There are still many medical professionals who believe that using LSD on an extended basis can trigger the disease. The lack of conclusiveness over the cause of schizophrenia, as well as the lack of a cure for the disorder, helps to contribute to the limited information on the LSD connection.
Help for Schizophrenia and LSD Abuse
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