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Cannabis Dependence Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Cannabis Dependence Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Cannabis Dependence symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Cannabis Dependence symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Cannabis Dependence symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing consideration. This information on Cannabis Dependence symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician.


Cannabis Dependence Diagnostic criteria:

304.30 Cannabis Dependence

Individuals who have cannabis dependence compulsively use the drug but do not usually develop physiological dependence, although frequently tolerance to the effects of cannabis has been reported by these individuals. Some users also reported withdrawal symptoms, although the symptoms have not usually been clinically significant. Frequently people with cannabis dependence use very potent cannabis over a period of months and sometimes years, and may spend significant time acquiring and using the substance. Cannabis dependence often interferes with family, work, school, or recreational activities. Individuals with cannabis dependence may also persist in using this drug although knowledge of physical or psychological problems may result.

Cannabis Dependence Specifiers:

With Physiological Dependence

Without Physiological Dependence

Early Full Remission

Early Partial Remission

Sustained Full Remission

Sustained Partial Remission

In a Controlled Environment


Information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic  MA Licensed Psychologist   Ph.D. Candidate  (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)

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