A 21-year-old female asked:
i have post traumatic stress disorder, if i try acid will it set me into a flashback? i also have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder as well.
reasons why i should not try acid?
5 doctor answers • 16 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Acid : Acid aka lsd is a very dangerous drug and should be avoided at all costs, especially in someone with mental health issues. Acid will distort visual judgment, sensations, moods and feelings. You will become scared, very afraid. You could experience terror, despair, fear of losing control, feel insane or even feel like you are dying. Therefore if you suffer from ptsd the event that caused the ptsd may be the main focus of this fear and terror. This is a dangerous combination that could potentially lead to a fatality (i.e. Suicide).
If the above are not good enough "reasons why [you] should not try acid" then i think you should consult your psychiatrist right away for guidance and help with this issue.
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Not a good idea: Lsd on its own can have long term mental effects--you have several conditions you are trying to control.
Child Psychiatry 50 years experience
Why ask for trouble?: I am puzzled by your question --- why would you want to use a drug that might bring on flashbacks or other symptoms. Some people have good acid experiences but you would just be asking for trouble by taking a drug that commonly produces flashbacks and other symptoms.
Psychiatry 25 years experience
This equivalent to: Asking the healthtap doctors if you should play russian roulette!
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Perfect question: This is a perfect "borderline"-type question to ask, because it puts doctors in the position of telling you not to do something that you already know is not in your best interests. Then you can struggle with us about your freedom to do what you want. Working constructively on your own self-care is both a freedom and a responsibility. I suggest discussing this in detail with your therapist.
Last updated Sep 30, 2020
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