Schizophrenia and Oxycodone Use

Schizophrenia and Oxycodone UseSchizophrenia is one of the most difficult disorders to have, as the person who has it often does not feel like anything is wrong. Schizophrenia interferes with personal and professional lives, as the inability to connect to reality prevents individuals from developing or maintaining relationships and responsibilities. Individuals with schizophrenia may be tempted to self-medicate their symptoms with oxycodone, a powerful opioid generally prescribed to treat moderate to severe physical pain. However using this or other drugs without a prescription can cause schizophrenia to become worse.

Symptoms of Schizophrenia

The following are some signs and symptoms of schizophrenia:

  • Detachment: Someone who is developing or showing signs of schizophrenia will pull away from people and social settings, as they do not feel able to relate to others. What they are experiencing is much different than everyone else’s perceptions of reality.
  • Inappropriate emotions: The display of inappropriate emotions such as laughter at something sad, crying over minimal events or showing extreme anger can indicate schizophrenia. A schizophrenic individual is unable to see the reality of a situation and cannot provide an appropriate response.
  • Confusion: A person with schizophrenia can easily become confused. This is a result of their inability to truly connect and bond with what is going on around them.

Schizophrenia impacts the way the mind works and functions, and adding narcotic substances such as oxycodone to the already volatile symptoms of schizophrenia is dangerous and will make the situation worse and more unmanageable.

Psychological Effects of Oxycodone Use

Insomnia, the inability to fall asleep and stay asleep, is an upsetting side effect of oxycodone use, and it doesn’t allow the brain to get the rest it needs to function as normally as possible. Since a person with schizophrenia already has difficulty with normal brain functioning, the addition of a drug that can keep that person from getting the proper amount of sleep can be dangerous. Anxiety and nervousness are also common in oxycodone users, as the narcotic interrupts rational thought and logic.

While schizophrenia is treated through therapy and prescription medication, taking the wrong kind of medication makes the situation worse. Ingesting drugs that will only intensify a preexisting mental health condition can lead to a more complex addiction and increased difficulty getting sober and mentally healthy.

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