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October 1972

Acute Psychosis Induced by Psychotomimetic Drug AbuseI. Clinical Findings

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn
From Yale University Department of Psychiatry and the Connecticut Mental Health Center, New Haven.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1972;27(4):437-440. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1972.01750280007001

Twelve patients with acute drug-induced psychotic reactions were compared on a variety of clinical measures to 26 patients with acute psychotic reactions unrelated to drug abuse. The drug-induced patients tended to score prospectively higher on a number of items which have been shown to have predictive value for prognosis in psychotic states. The drug-induced patients appeared clinically similar to patients with "good premorbid" or "schizophreniform" psychotic reactions.