Fox News Dr Siegel Misleads on Cannabis and Psychosis

Fox News contributor, Dr. Marc “Henny Penny” Siegel continues his misleading campaign on Cannabis and Psychosis.

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What is Psychosis?

Most people don’t know what is psychosis: defined as a break with reality characterized by hallucinations, delusions, impaired thinking and lack of motivation.

Here are the numbers:
Cannabis leads to psychosis in one of 10,235 users.
Adderall / Vyvanse lead to psychosis in one of 486 users.
Ritalin / Concerta lead to psychosis in one of 1,046 users.

What about alcohol? People brag about their wild weekend parties. Our kids are on booze-fueled Spring Break at this time. Companies sponsor alcohol-related functions for their workers.

A 2015 Dutch literature review on alcohol-induced psychotic disorder found that there is a 0.4 percent lifetime prevalence in the general population and a 4 perent prevalence of alcohol-induced psychosis in patients with alcohol dependence.

The incidence is highest in working-age men. There is also a higher prevalence of alcohol-induced psychosis in patients who became dependent on alcohol at a younger age, as well as those with a low socioeconomic status, individuals who are unemployed or living on their pension, and those who live alone.

In alcoholics, paternal alcohol problems and paternal mental health problems were found to be associated with a higher incidence of alcohol-induced psychosis. Twin studies also suggest a genetic predisposition to the development of alcohol-induced psychosis. Once diagnosed with alcohol-induced psychosis, there is a 68 percent chance of re-admission and a 37 percent co-morbidity with other mental disorders. Patients with alcohol-induced psychosis have a 5 percent to 30 percent risk of developing a chronic schizophrenia-like syndrome. [1]

Dr. Siegel didn’t mention the landmark study on psychosis also released this week and funded by the National Institutes of Health. Researchers examined histories of over 220,000 ADHD patients between the ages of 13 and 25. It’s estimated there are over 6.4 million ADHD patients in America.

ONE of every 486 patients started on amphetamines (Adderall and Vyvanse) developed psychosis requiring treatment with antipsychotic medication.

Researchers found ONE of every 486 patients started on amphetamines (Adderall and Vyvanse) developed psychosis requiring treatment with antipsychotic medication.

One of every 1,046 patients started on methylphenidate (Ritalin or Concerta) developed psychosis.

Researchers found ONE in 1,046 patients started on methylphenidate (Ritalin or Concerta) developed psychosis.

Siegel’s marijuana study from Canada found 723 patients in 2016/17 who were discharged from hospitals across the country — excluding Ontario and Quebec — after receiving treatment for cannabis-induced psychosis. [2] There are over 37 million citzens in Canada. If 20 percent use cannabis (7.4 million), the 723 patients represent ONE in over 10,235 users.

Again, let’s summarize:

Cannabis leads to psychosis in one of 10,235 users.
Adderall / Vyvanse leads to psychosis in one of 486 users.
Ritalin / Concerta leads to psychosis in one of 1,046 users.

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SOURCES
[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK459134/

[2] https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/mental-health-expert-warns-of-significant-increase-in-cannabis-induced-psychosis-1.4233512

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