Speed and mental health
Speed can increase your confidence and energy, but high doses and long-term use can cause mental health problems similar to paranoid schizophrenia.
Speed is a drug that can become addictive and lead to health, social and financial problems. Find out about its effects and associated risks.
Ice (crystal meth)
Ice, also known as crystal meth, is a very addictive illegal drug. Find out more about ice including what it is and the dangers of abuse.
MDMA (ecstasy) is an illicit drug which can give a euphoric rush, but which has dangerous side effects. Learn about its physical effects and risks posed by MDMA use.
Parties are about having a good time. However, party drugs can impact your mental and physical wellbeing, and many are illegal.
Causes of schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a major mental illness. While it can be inherited, the risk is increased by drug abuse and other environmental factors.
Causes of mental illness
Researchers are still trying to understand what causes mental illness. It is thought that interactions between certain genetic and environmental factors can increase the risk of mental illness.
Substance use disorders involve using too much alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, and are also known as substance abuse, substance dependence or addictions.
Urine tests can be used to diagnose conditions, such as pregnancy, infections, diseases such as diabetes or STIs and monitor drug use.
Types of psychosis
Psychosis is often a symptom of another underlying psychiatric problem. It can be caused by mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or severe depression.