K2 Psychosis Treatment

K2 psychosis treatmentK2 – a form of “spice,” as the drug is generically known – has formed an increasingly alarming presence on high school and college campuses in recent years. First introduced in 2006, these “designer drugs” are, more often than not, common herbs that have been treated with chemicals.Some of these chemicals are relatively safe. Some, however, are extremely dangerous and have led to a wave of very serious health concerns. Though no formal studies have been done, anecdotal accounts have been popping up all over the place with regard to single-use events ending in temporary psychotic conditions and, sometimes, even long-term alterations to the user’s brain function, including cognitive problems (trouble with brain function) and memory loss. (Forbes)

K2 Psychosis Treatment is a New Practice

K2 psychosis treatment is a relatively new practice as the drug has only recently appeared on the scene. Typically, those suffering the adverse effects of K2 are first brought in to emergency rooms, often in a state of agitation or panic. For this reason, doctors may first treat the patient with one of a number of benzodiazepines – drugs that promote relaxation and reduce anxiety.If at all possible, it’s best to inform emergency room doctors as to the patient’s mental health history since K2 intoxication may be mistaken for a preexisting psychological disorder. Still, key indicators such as rapid heartbeat, hypertension, and convulsions can point doctors towards the use of such drugs. Once K2 has been identified as the culprit, antipsychotic drugs are often ruled out due to the fact that they can decrease a persons seizure threshold, and seizures are often associated with K2.

Psychiatrists and K2 Psychosis Treatment

A psychiatrist is often called in to help with K2 psychosis treatment if the patient is exhibiting violent or antisocial behavior. When it is impossible to control the patient, restraints may be needed. If the patient is convulsing, electroencephalography (EEG) may be used to determine whether or not the patient has suffered a true seizure.

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After the initial treatment occurs, drug and urine tests will be taken to assess levels of the drug present in the blood and look for clues as to how the blood and internal organs may have been affected. At present, because there are so many different types of synthetic drugs used in K2, there are no definitive studies regarding how the drug directly affects the brain, which makes K2 psychosis treatment something that can take a bit of trial and error to determine a regimen that helps each user. (Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine)

More often than not, the K2 user who exhibits psychotic behavior makes it through the experience with no lasting effects, and they are often willing to talk about their experiences openly. To avoid future events, follow up mental health care is recommended, and treatment at a rehab facility may be required if the user can’t quit the habit.

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