Edwin Roth, M.D.
THE POST-LSD SYNDROME      
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        WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE WHICH ORIGINATED THE DISCUSSION OF THE POST-LSD SYNDROME, DISCUSSING  ITS  EXISTENCE,  SYMPTOMS, COURSE,  AND TREATMENT,  AS DESCRIBED IN MY TWO BOOKS ON THE SUBJECT.  EXCERPTS FROM THESE BOOKS  ARE AVAILABLE VIA THE ABOVE TABS,  AND THE BOOKS CAN BE PURCHASED ON THE  ORDER TAB. 

         THIS WEBSITE IS DEDICATED TO INCREASING AWARENESS OF THE DANGERS OF USING LSD.  APPARENTLY THE LESSONS LEARNED IN THE 1960'S AND 70'S, WHEN  THE PUBLIC AND PSYCHIATRIC LITERATURE REPORTED ON THE FLOOD OF ACUTE,  SEVERE CASUALTIES  CAUSED BY INGESTING LSD, HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN OR IGNORED.  MANY  PATIENTS  WERE   HOSPITALIZED FOR ACUTE PSYCHOTIC REACTIONS.   SOME  PATIENTS HAD SEVERE PATHOLOGY WHICH REQUIRED PROLONGED TREATMENT AND HOSPITALIZATION.   AS A RESULT OF THE PUBLICITY AND  THE RESULTANT INCREASED AWARENESS OF THE DANGERS OF LSD, ITS POPULARITY THEN DECREASED SHARPLY FOR  SEVERAL  DECADES.   IT IS DISCONCERTING AND BIZARRE THAT THERE HAS BEEN AN UNFORTUNATE RESURGENCE OF USE,  ACCOMPANIED BY THE MYTH THAT IT IS SAFE AND MIND-EXPANDING.

        FURTHERMORE,  IN ADDITION TO THE WELL-RECOGNIZED ACUTE TOXIC EFFECTS  OF LSD, THERE IS YET ANOTHER PATHOLOGICAL CONDITION, THIS ONE CHRONIC,  WHICH LSD MAY CAUSE.

     I AM REFERRING TO A  GENERALLY-UNRECOGNIZED, DESTRUCTIVE AND DEBILITATING CONDITION,  THE POST-LSD SYNDROME.  

After moving to southern California in 1997,  I began to encounter a group of patients I had neither treated nor heard of before.  Furthermore, none of the original group of 300 patients I saw had been properly diagnosed nor treated, even though they had been afflicted for years, and had endured great suffering and dysfunction.  Their symptoms included severe, even crippling anxiety;  severe insomnia;  mental confusion and distraction with intellectual and cognitive dysfunction;  and emotional lability.  Patients experienced inability to learn, and failed in school;  they no longer could function normally at work, and many lost their businesses;  and relationships deteriorated, many ending in divorce.   Many patients became addicts  Surprisingly, once we were able to diagnose the condition and provide proper treatment, patients experienced amazing, full recoveries.

I published these findings in my first book, THE POST-LSD SYNDROME.  Please refer to the tabs for this site for more information about the book and this condition, including the connection to LSD.

After several years and experience with additional patients, I gained additional insight and conclusions which warranted a second book.  In this newly-published book, I present  additional data and conclusions about THE SYNDROME, including its causing chronic dysfunction and resultant addiction, Depression, and suicidal risk.  There  are also some revisions of the original conclusions.  More details about this book are available above on the site of The POST-LSD SYNDROME, REVISED EDITION.  Please note the drop-down subcategories.

THE BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE THROUGH THE ORDER SITE IN THE ABOVE MENU.


Please note the Contact site, where you are welcome and encouraged to leave your  questions and comments which I will review and edit.  Your confidentially will be  maintained.   I will then post your communication with my reply on the Question & Answer site.  I will inform you via email when I post your message.

 

 

 

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