, Volume 65, Issue 1, pp 73–77

Amphetamine psychosis and psychotic symptoms

  • David S. Janowsky
  • Craig Risch
Original Investigations

DOI: 10.1007/BF00491982

Cite this article as:
Janowsky, D.S. & Risch, C. Psychopharmacology (1979) 65: 73. doi:10.1007/BF00491982


Amphetamine psychosis has been considered to be a pharmacologic model of schizophrenia. Fifteen previously reported cases were reviewed in which experimental induction of amphetamine psychosis occurred in nonschizophrenic drug abusers. Seven (possibly ten) cases manifested Schneider's first rank symptoms and all had World Health Organization Present-State Exam symptoms which discriminated schizophrenia. This observation draws further parallels between the phenomenology of amphetamine psychosis and schizophrenic symptoms.

Key words

AmphetaminePsychosisSchizophreniaSchneiderian first rank symptomsPresent-state exam

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© Springer-Verlag 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • David S. Janowsky
    • 1
  • Craig Risch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of California at San Diego Medical SchoolLa JollaUSA