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Drug abuse

Drug abuse: Introduction

Drug abuse: Drug use as a symptom of other conditions. See detailed information below for a list of 36 causes of Drug abuse, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Drug abuse:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Drug abuse. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Drug abuse

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Causes of Types of Drug abuse:

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Drug abuse: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Drug abuse, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Drug abuse Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Drug abuse may include:

  • Drug treatment programs
  • Supportive care and treatments
    • Job counseling and training
    • Legal assistance
    • Literacy training
    • Parenting training
    • Family therapy
  • more treatments...»

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Message Boards for Drug abuse

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Drug abuse or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Drug abuse:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Drug abuse. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Examine for evidence of drug use - e.g. needle "track" marks, discolored fingers from smoking marijuana or cigarettes.
    • General state of health
    • Physical examination looking for any ill-effects from drug abuse e.g. tender liver
  • more tests...»

Drug abuse: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Drug abuse may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Drug abuse

Research the causes of these symptoms that are similar to, or related to, the symptom Drug abuse:

Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Drug abuse. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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See Drug abuse Assessment Questionnaire (22 listings)

Drug abuse: Deaths

Read more about causes and Drug abuse deaths.

Misdiagnosis and Drug abuse

Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness because he suffered from sudden inability to speak. This was more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions, such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease, it can also more »

ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults. Some adults can remain undiagnosed, and indeed the condition more »

Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care physicians. Many patients with bipolar seek help from their physician, more »

Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with an eating disorder is female. The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be diagnosed or have a delayed diagnosis. See misdiagnosis more »

Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be undiagnosed in teenagers. The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical depression to be more »

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see symptoms of anxiety disorders). Failure to diagnose these anxiety disorders may worsen more »

Drug abuse: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Drug abuse

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Drug abuse: Related Rare Diseases

Rare types of medical conditions and diseases in related medical categories:

Drug abuse: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Definitions of Drug abuse:

The use of a drug for a reason other than which it was intended or in a manner or in quantities other than directed.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Excessive use of drugs
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Excessive use of drugs or chemicals with associated psychological symptoms and impairment in social or occupational functioning.
- (Source - CRISP)

Detailed list of causes of Drug abuse

The list below shows some of the causes of Drug abuse mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Drug abuse?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Drug abuse. Of the 36 causes of Drug abuse that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 4 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 4 causes are "common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 2 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 32 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Drug abuse:

The following list of conditions have 'Drug abuse' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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  • Suicide ... alcohol abuse, drug abuse


Conditions listing medical complications: Drug abuse:

The following list of medical conditions have Drug abuse or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.




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Causes of Drug abuse Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Drug abuse based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Drug abuse?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Drug abuse, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Drug abuse:

    Subtypes of Drug abuse:

    Alcohol abuse (13 causes), Laxative abuse (4 causes), Alcohol use (19 causes), Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (4 causes), Alcohol intoxication (11 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Drug abuse:

    Addiction symptoms (42 causes), Behavioral symptoms (4608 causes), Mental problems (3121 causes), Personality symptoms (4029 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Psychiatric symptoms (971 causes), Cognitive impairment (3664 causes)

    Symptoms related to Drug abuse:

    Addiction symptoms (42 causes), Alcohol abuse (13 causes), Gambling, Schizophrenia, Psychological disorders, Depression (629 causes)

    Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

    Doctor-patient articles related to symptoms and diagnosis:

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    Medical News summaries about Drug abuse

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    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Drug abuse

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