[Drugs and psychoses: what to do?]

Rev Med Suisse Romande. 2004 Mar;124(3):149-51.
[Article in French]


Substance abuse co morbidity is frequent in psychotic disorders. General practitioners are frequently involved in such treatments. In order to be able to face this complex task, it is important to be able to identify early symptoms of psychosis in a patient abusing substances, to make the difference between psychotic symptoms and intoxication or withdrawal symptoms, to know basic principles of treatment and the type of medication used in such interventions, and finally to know when specialised treatment or hospital admission are required. This paper reviews epidemiological and diagnostic elements, outlines the various treatment stages, the type of medication currently used in such situations and provides a brief description of motivational interview techniques.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Psychotic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Psychotic Disorders / epidemiology
  • Psychotic Disorders / etiology*
  • Psychotic Disorders / therapy
  • Substance-Related Disorders / complications*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / diagnosis
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy