Depending on the type of stimulant that is being abused signs and symptoms of addiction can vary. Take a look at the following types of stimulants and the specific symptoms that are associated with their abuse or dependence.
Cocaine: Symptoms of cocaine abuse include weight loss, mood swings, social isolation, constantly runny nose, nosebleeds, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, frequent trips to the restroom, financial problems, increased need for privacy, and unexplained excitability.
Prescription stimulants: Symptoms of adderall abuse include irregular heartbeat, loss of appetite, major changes in sleeping patterns, hallucinations, convulsions, sexual dysfunction, nausea, severe anxiety, exhaustion, memory loss, secretive behavior, a decline in personal hygiene, mania, and extreme impulsivity.
Methamphetamine: Symptoms of meth abuse include hyperactivity, twitching, facial tics, paranoia, dilated pupils, sudden and extreme weight loss, open sores on the face and skin, rapid eye movement, mood swings, violent outbursts, erratic behavior, rotting teeth, burns on the lips and fingers, and agitation.
Synthetic stimulants: Symptoms of synthetic stimulant abuse are very similar to the effects of methamphetamine abuse and include erratic behavior, hyperactivity, mood swings, weight loss, an inability to focus, and a lack of motivation.
Ecstasy: Because ecstasy has such a significant impact on the brain, symptoms of abuse are majorly psychological. Negative effects of regular ecstasy use can include ongoing confusion, paranoia, severe depression, anxiety, nerve degeneration, lasting brain damage, and psychosis. Some physical symptoms include hemorrhaging, cardiovascular collapse, and kidney failure.