Chapter 11. Stimulant Use and Psychosis

  1. Dr Peter Phillips PhD, MSc, RMN, PGCAP, FHEA senior lecturer honorary lecturer member specialist2,
  2. Dr Olive McKeown PhD, MSc, Dip N, CELTT, Cert Obst, RMN, RGN visiting lecturer specialist lecturer practitioner senior lecturer3 and
  3. Tom Sandford BSc (Hons), Dip N, RGN, RMN executive director policy adviser regional director general manager Head member4
  1. Lorna Saunder BSc (Hons), PG lecture practitioner

Published Online: 9 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444314571.ch11

Dual Diagnosis: Practice in Context

Dual Diagnosis: Practice in Context

How to Cite

Saunder, L. (2009) Stimulant Use and Psychosis, in Dual Diagnosis: Practice in Context (eds P. Phillips, O. McKeown and T. Sandford), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444314571.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    City University London, UK

  2. 3

    St George's University, London, UK

  3. 4

    Royal College of Nursing, London, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Abertay, Dundee, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 SEP 2009
  2. Published Print: 23 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405180092

Online ISBN: 9781444314571



  • stimulant use and psychosis;
  • illegal stimulant drugs, amphetamines, ecstasy and cocaine effects in psychotic illness;
  • stimulant use in United Kingdom;
  • stimulants and drug-induced psychosis;
  • stimulants and mental illness;
  • stimulants and their use by people with existing psychotic illnesses;
  • response of people with schizophrenia to substances;
  • caring for people with substance misuse and therapeutic alliance;
  • psychotic symptoms and using stimulant drugs


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Stimulant use in the United Kingdom

  • Stimulants and drug-induced psychosis

  • Stimulants and mental illness

  • Stimulants and their use by people with existing psychotic illnesses

  • Implications for practice

  • Conclusion

  • References