FREQUENCY OF PSYCHOTIC SYMPTOMS IN METHAMPHETAMINE USERS

  • Ihsan Ullah Kasi Combined Military Hospital Quetta/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Muhammad Sheraz Afzal Malik Armed Forces Institute of Mental Health/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Sohail Ali Armed Forces Institute of Mental Health/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Abid Aftab Armed Forces Institute of Mental Health/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
Keywords: Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS), Methamphetamine, Psychotic symptoms

Abstract

Objectives: To determine the frequency and severity of psychotic symptoms in users of methamphetamine.

Study Design: Cross sectional analytic study.

Place and Duration of Study: Combined Military Hospital, Quetta, from Aug 2018 to Jan 2019.

Methodology: Sixteen to sixty years old patients already using methamphetamine for at least 1 month were included in this study. Purposive non-probability sampling technique was used. A total of 134 patients of methamphetamine use were studied after consent, using Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS). Data was entered in a specially designed semi structured proforma. The data was analysed by using One Way Anova Calculator.

Results: Psychotic symptoms were found in 42 (31.3%) enrolled patients in our study. Out of 134 patients 63 (47%) were >25 years and 71 (53%) were < 25 years of age.

Conclusion: The results of our study showed that a significant proportion of methamphetamine users had psychotic symptoms. A strategy should be made to promote awareness in population about harmful consequences of methamphetamine use, timely identification of psychosis in its users and their rehabilitation.

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Published
2020-10-30
How to Cite
Kasi, I., Malik, M. S., Ali, S., & Aftab, A. (2020). FREQUENCY OF PSYCHOTIC SYMPTOMS IN METHAMPHETAMINE USERS. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, 70(5), 1366-70. Retrieved from https://pafmj.org/index.php/PAFMJ/article/view/5565
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