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Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Opioid withdrawal symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Opioid 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 Opioid withdrawal  symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing consideration. This information on Opioid 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.


Opioid withdrawal  Diagnostic criteria:

Diagnostic criteria for 292.0 Opioid withdrawal


A.    Either of the following:


(1)   cessation of (or reduction in) opioid use that has been heavy and prolonged (several weeks or longer)

(2)   administration of an opioid antagonist after a period of opioid use


B.    Three (ore more) of the following, developing within minutes to several days after Criterion A:

(1)   dysphoric mood

(2)   nausea or vomiting

(3)   muscle aches

(4)   lacrimation or rhinorrhea

(5)   pupillary dilation, piloerection, or sweating

(6)   diarrhea

(7)   yawning

(8)   fever

(9)   insomnia


C.    The symptoms in Criterion B cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.


D. The symptoms are not due to a general medical condition and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder.


Information adapted 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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