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October 1972

Acute Psychosis Induced by Psychotomimetic Drug Abuse: I. 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.