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Can hallucinogenic drugs cause anxiety in teenagers?

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Dr. Vivek Prasad
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Yes: Hallucinogens result in euphoria. But commonly cause agitation, confusion, anxiety and paranoia esp. In a developing teenager brain.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes: Hallucinogenic drugs include lsd, psilocybin, mescaline, marijuana, and others. All can cause hallucinations and profoundly distort reality perception. Lsd and regular marijuana use can trigger underlying mental disorders -- producing delusions, paranoia and schizophrenia-like states. They can also produce extreme anxiety and panic attacks, both during intoxication and also for some time after.

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