Withdrawal Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis
Withdrawal symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:
symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these cocaine
withdrawal 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 cocaine withdrawal symptoms in making
proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing
consideration. This information on cocaine withdrawal symptoms and diagnostic
criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment
and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician.
Withdrawal Diagnostic Criteria:
of (reduction in) cocaine use that has been heavy and prolonged.
mood and two (or more) of the following physiological changes, developing within
a few hours to several days after Criteria A:
vivid, unpleasant dreams
insomnia or hypersomnia
psychomotor retardation or agitation
symptoms in criterion B cause clinically significant distress or impairment in
social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
symptoms are not due to a general medical condition and are not better accounted
for by another mental disorder.
adapted from the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV
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Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate
(Health and Geriatric Psychologist)
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