In DSM-III, this disorder is called Phencyclidine (PCP) or Similarly Acting Arylcyclohexylamine Abuse

Diagnostic Criteria

A. Pattern of pathological use: intoxication throughout the day; episodes of Phencyclidine or Similarly Acting Arylcyclohexylamine Delirium or Mixed Organic Mental Disorder.

BImpairment in social or occupational functioning due to substance use: e.g., fights, loss of friends, absence from work, loss of job, or legal difficulties (other than due to a single arrest for possession, purchase, or sale of the substance).

C. Duration of disturbance of at least one month.


For more information, see Substance Abuse

Although individuals who abuse phencyclidine use the substance much less often than those with Dependence, they may repeatedly fail to fulfill major role obligations at school, work, or home because of Phencyclidine Intoxication. Individuals may use phencyclidine in situations where it is physically hazardous (such as while operating heavy machinery or driving a motorcycle or car). Legal difficulties maya rise due to possession of phencyclidine or to behaviors resulting from Intoxication (e.g., fighting). There may be recurrent social or interpersonal problems due to the individual's behavior while intoxicated or to the chaotic lifestyle, multiple legal problems, or arguments with significant others.


See Phencyclidine Use Disorder

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