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Unstable mental condition. History of using meth and other drugs. Mental breakdown?

my daughter, who has used meth and other drugs, believes that we (her family) are evil all powerful people who are trying to kill her. She believes all manner of strange things she sees or tv or in books. She has been so unstable in recent visits that we are getting a restraining order for her children. Could this behavior be from the drugs she has used or a mental breakdown?
Asked On : Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hi,thanks for using health care magic.
Her symptoms may be due to
1) effects of mehtamphetamine particularly if she taking it presently.
2) Psychiatric illness like schizophrenia
3) personality disorder
As she is harmful to self, she needs urgent psychiatric help and hospitalization too, if necessary.

You should consult psychiatrist as soon as possible for detailed evaluation and treatment.
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

The symptoms which you have described are indicative of a psychotic disorder. These could be due to the effects of drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine, etc. or due to an independent psychiatric disorder.

Since her symptoms appear to be prominent and she could be at risk of harm to herself or others, she needs urgent psychiatric help. If she is not willing for the same, there are options where involuntary dtention and treatment can be done. So, please get her to a psychiatric hospital at the earliest.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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