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    Stimulants are commonly used by adolescents and youth daily; it is necessary to understand the symptoms of it overuse, which can lead to Stimulant Use Disorder.

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    Stimulant Use Disorder

    Stimulants are drugs that produce emotions such as: euphoria, buoyancy, elation and an energetic feeling [e.g., caffeine, nicotine, cocaine] (Pinel, 2000). Stimulant drugs not only produce side effects but can prevent movement as well (Hendricks, 1988). The abuse of stimulants can lead to Stimulant Use Disorder described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder's (DSM-5, [APA] 2013) with the following symptoms:
    • A pattern of stimulant use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress.
    • The stimulant is often used in larger amounts, or longer period than was intended.
    • A persistent desire or unsuccessful effort to control stimulant use.
    • The person spends a great deal of time trying to obtain the stimulant, or recover from its use.
    • A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the stimulant (p. 561).

    These symptoms (not all inclusive) are presented in the DSM-5 to aid practitioners/counselors with the diagnosis of Stimulant Use Disorder. However, based on a treatment improvement protocol (TIP) coordinated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT); it is necessary to understand how stimulants affect individuals. Based on the TIP report from SAMHSA and CSAT, information is provided to show how stimulants ...

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    This solution discusses the nature and cause of Stimulant Use Disorder

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