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Hallucinogenic drugs as precipitants of schizophrenia (1974)

Hallucinogenic drugs as precipitants of schizophrenia (1974)

  1. Calliope
    William Breakey, Helen Godell, Patrick Lorentz,and Paul McHugh.

    Psychological Medicine, 1974, 4, 255-261.

    Abstract
    The authors have examined the drug-taking histories of 46 schizophrenics and 46 matched controls. They have found that the schizophrenics on average used a wider variety of drugs, in greater amounts. Schizophrenics who had used drugs experienced the onset of symptoms on average four years earlier than non-users and were also admitted to hospital four years earlier, on average. Those schizophrenics who had used drugs had had better premorbid personalities than the nondrug-users. These results are indicative of some precipitating role of drug abuse in the onset of schizophrenia.