Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Different Types of Drugs that Can Cause Mood Swings (part 2 of 2)

Over-the-counter drugs that have amphetamine-like effects are frequently being abused by some users.  Because of its stimulant effects, it helps keep people awake and alert.  It can also suppress the appetite, making it the drug of choice of people who want to lose weight.

The problem is that amphetamines are also drugs that cause mood swings.  People who use them frequently exhibit insomnia, restlessness and irritability.  In some cases, it can even cause tremors.

LSD or lysergic acid diethylamide is a synthetic substance, a drug that was made popular in the 60s and 70s.  It is a hallucinogenic drug, capable of changing the user's perception of reality.  It is so strong that it can work even in very small doses.

Like most drugs, LSD can also lead to mood swings.  Although its initial effects are mainly producing hallucinations, it can create confusion and anxiety in users.

There are also other naturally-occurring drugs that function in similar ways to LSD.  Peyote, for example, contains mescaline, while certain types of mushrooms contain psilocybin.  These ingredients both produce hallucinations, which made them very popular for use by people practicing certain religious rituals.

Although both substances are quite effective, they are not as potent as LSD, which is 200 times more potent than psilocybin and around 4,000 times more powerful than mescaline.

Antidepressants are prescription drugs that change the levels of neurotransmitters in the body, including norepinephrine and serotonin.  Antidepressants include monoamine oxidase inhibitors, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and tricyclics.  Although quite effective, these drugs do have side effects, including mood swings.

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