Question - What drugs cause delusional parasitosis?

Answered by: Eric Roberts  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 16-06-2022  |  Views: 757  |  Total Questions: 14

Abuse of certain drugs (such as cocaine or methamphetamine) or withdrawal after prolonged use of alcohol can also lead to delusional parasitosis (see Withdrawal symptoms). Conclusion Olanzapine is an atypical antipsychotic agent that can be used as a first-line agent in delusional parasitosis as a safer therapeutic option without a specialized monitoring regimen. In delusional parasitosis (DP), patients have a fixed, false belief that they are infested with parasites. Ekbom syndrome, also called delusional parasitosis, is a psychiatric disorder characterized by the patient's conviction that he or she is infested with parasites. Patients with Ekbom syndrome usually seek care from family physicians. But even in those who need the drug, it can be problematic. According to a wealth of research, Adderall can be the precursor to hallucinations, delusions, and full-blown psychosis—one so similar to schizophrenia that doctors use it to study the disease. Parasitic diseases and psychiatric illness. Organic brain syndromes are associated with both protozoan and helminthic infections; side-effects of drugs commonly used to treat parasitoses may impair mood and cause anxiety, agitation or psychosis.

https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/skin-disorders/parasitic-skin-infections/delusional-parasitosis

Delusional parasitosis most often affects people over 50 and women but is very rare. Some people with delusional parasitosis also have a mental disorder, such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, but most do not.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/delusions-of-infestation

Delusional parasitosis may occur on its own or as a complication of another disorder. It's enough to make your skin crawl, just thinking about it: insects, worms, fungi, or other pathogens colonizing a person's body. When there is no proof of actual infestation, however, the problem may be delusional parasitosis.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delusional_parasitosis

Individuals with delusional parasitosis usually report tactile hallucinations known as formication, a sensation resembling insects crawling on or under the skin. The alternative name, Ekbom's syndrome, refers to neurologist Karl-Axel Ekbom, who published seminal accounts of the disease in 1937 and 1938.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5466235/

Scabies is a common and distressing disease caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis. Psychiatric disorder in childhood is an important disease and easily neglected. An association between scabies and psychiatric disorders may exist.

https://www.nami.org/earlypsychosis

Early warning signs before psychosis A worrisome drop in grades or job performance. Trouble thinking clearly or concentrating. Suspiciousness or uneasiness with others. A decline in self-care or personal hygiene. Spending a lot more time alone than usual. Strong, inappropriate emotions or having no feelings at all.

http://www.moodtreatmentcenter.com/mania.htm

While stimulants, such as ritalin and adderall, can help ADHD, they may worsen mania, causing irritability, anxiety, depression, insomnia and paranoia. Often people with bipolar disorder feel more mental or physical energy on stimulants, which may crash as they wear off.

https://www.altamirarecovery.com/blog/can-adderall-cause-psychosis-and-paranoia/

Can Adderall Cause Psychosis and Paranoia? It is true that Adderall use and abuse can cause symptoms of psychosis and paranoia—though, drug-induced psychosis is distinct from original psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia.

https://www.recoveryways.com/rehab-blog/6-signs-of-stimulant-psychosis/

Stimulant psychosis is a mental disturbance caused by an overdose of stimulants, typically meth, cocaine, or methylphenidate, better known as Ritalin. The people who don't recover may have already been predisposed to a psychotic condition, such as schizophrenia and the drug only triggered the condition.

https://www.mentalhelp.net/substance-abuse/drug-induced-psychotic-symptoms/

The use of methamphetamine can lead to paranoia, persecution delusions, and auditory and visual hallucinations.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2552541/

A syndrome which was first described by G. G. De Clerambault in 1885 is reviewed and a case is presented. Popularly called erotomania, the syndrome is characterized by the delusional idea, usually in a young woman, that a man whom she considers to be of higher social and/or professional standing is in love with her.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319145.php

Erotomania is a delusional belief that a person is in love with the affected individual, despite contrary evidence. Erotomania is an uncommon form of paranoid delusion. The affected person strongly believes that another individual is in love with him or her.

https://citybugs.tamu.edu/factsheets/biting-stinging/others/ent-3006-2/

Mites are small arthropods with eight legs, more closely related to spiders than insects. Several mite species can be found in homes and offices. Although these mites occasionally bite humans, they do not feed, nor can they successfully survive or reproduce, without their natural hosts.

https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/aa47711

To help with situations that may cause paranoia: Help the person avoid things he or she fears. Keep lights turned on if the person tells you that this makes him or her less scared. Talk about the person's fears when he or she is not paranoid, and make a plan for handling the fears when they occur.