Methamphetamine Has Changed the Profile of Patients Utilizing Psychiatric Emergency Services in Iran

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Mehran Zarghami 1 , *

1 Professor of Psychiatry, Zare Hospital, Taravat St., Neka Road, Mazandaran, Sari, Iran

How to Cite: Zarghami M. Methamphetamine Has Changed the Profile of Patients Utilizing Psychiatric Emergency Services in Iran, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2011 ; 5(1):1-5.

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Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 5 (1); 1-5
Published Online: June 30, 2011
Article Type: Editorial
Received: April 19, 2011
Accepted: May 13, 2011

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Abstract

There is increasing evidence of rapidly growing serious, pervasive, and expensive methamphetamine problems in Iran in recent years-a malicious social phenomenon with widespread psychological, familial and economic adversities-which contribute to theft, murder, suicide, violence, and divorce. Substantial cases of acute psychiatric problems are increasingly seen following amphetamine use in the emergency departments. Paranoid patients are more prominent. Many of these cases are characterized by anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbances, hallucinations, and out-of-control rages with extremely violent behavior and homicidal ideas. This serious tragedy which is one of the most important Iranian societyís problems is called for effective multidimensional control policies.

Declaration of interest: None.

Citation: Zarghami M. Methamphetamine has changed the profile of patients utilizing psychiatric emergency services in Iran. Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 2011; 5(1): 1-5.

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Methamphetamine Psychiatric Emergency Services

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