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Methamphetamine: Implications for the Dental Team

Course Number: 332

Psychological Indicators

There are numerous psychological effects associated with methamphetamine use, which can range from mild anxiety, confusion and nervousness to more extreme effects such as depression, paranoia and homicidal and suicidal thoughts.44 Auditory, visual, olfactory and tactile hallucinations are also common among those abusing methamphetamine. These hallucinations can lead to psychotic symptoms that can last for months or years after the drug has been stopped.40 Additionally, the users personality profile may change, involving occupational and social deterioration as well as marked changes in habits, friends and drug-seeking behaviors.50