There is a close relationship between personality disorders and amphetamine abuse. Many amphetamine addicts self-medicate symptoms of personality disorders by using the drug, because the drug can mask symptoms of a personality disorder. However, people with no history of psychological disorders may exhibit symptoms of personality disorder after becoming addicted to amphetamine. Many patients ask which issue came first, the drug abuse or the personality disorder, but this question is irrelevant to the fact that they both require professional treatment.
How Amphetamine Affects Mental Health
Amphetamine comes in many forms and people use it both medicinally and recreationally. Legitimate amphetamine medications such as Adderall or Ritalin treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and also narcolepsy. The dosage that treats these conditions is considerably lower than that which people use to get high. For individuals with ADHD, Adderall has a calming effect, but people can abuse it to stay awake for long periods of time to focus on study or work. In this way the drug often masks the following mental health issues:
- Bipolar disorder
- Self-esteem deficiencies
- Borderline personality disorder
Continued or acute abuse can also cause the following mental symptoms:
- Panic attacks
- Narcissistic tendencies
- Obsessive / compulsive disorder
These issues can be debilitating, so get help today to overcome both of these problems.
Symptoms of Personality Disorder
The following are symptoms of personality disorder:
- Intense mood swings
- Volatile relationship drama
- Isolation from others
- Suspicion and paranoia
- Impulse control disorder
- Aggressive emotional outbursts
- Substance abuse
While it seems to be more common personality disorders to cause amphetamine abuse, mental health experts are currently studying the possibility that using these drugs may cause psychological issues.
Amphetamine Addiction Help
Regardless of which came first, anyone caught in a pattern of amphetamine abuse should call our toll-free helpline immediately. Amphetamines are powerfully addictive substances, and they cause both physical and psychological addictions that are extremely difficult to beat without professional help.
If you are currently feeling trapped by amphetamine addiction, please call our toll-free helpline right away. Our counselors are ready for your call and are standing by with confidential advice. Don’t take your mental or physical health for granted and don’t risk them on continued drug abuse. We can help you find holistic and fully integrated treatment for personality order and amphetamine addiction.