Can LSD Cause Personality Disorders?

How we think, feel and act defines who we are. When we do these things in a significantly different way than others and to a degree that impacts our personal and social health, we may have a personality disorder.

Personality disorders vary in how much they disrupt our lives, in the specific symptoms involved, and in their causes.

What Does a Personality Disorder Look Like?

There are ten types of personality disorders. These types include the following:

  • Paranoid
  • Schizoid
  • Schizotypal
  • Antisocial
  • Borderline
  • Histrionic
  • Narcissistic
  • Avoidant
  • Dependent
  • Obsessive-compulsive

Each has unique symptoms but at the same time often overlaps with other types. As Psychology Today shares, “They are rather vague and imprecise constructs. As a result, they rarely present in their classic ‘textbook’ form, but instead tend to blur into one another.”1 As with many mental health issues, personality disorders exist on a continuum.


What Causes Personality Disorders?

Personality disorders stem from childhood experiences and personal history and from environmental and genetic factors. Psychology Today explains that personality disorder symptoms are, “not solely due to the direct effects of a substance or general medical condition.” However this doesn’t mean they aren’t directly influenced by the use of mind-altering drugs like LSD.

Mental health issues and addiction are closely related. The National Institute on Mental Health reveals that over 22% of individuals with a personality disorder also have a substance use disorder.2 These disorders complicate one another.

Even though the use of LSD can’t cause a personality disorder, it can certainly worsen symptoms and interact with medications.

LSD can also make it difficult to identify a personality disorder. Signs and symptoms of LSD use and dependence can mimic many of the symptoms of a personality disorder. Since the first steps to any recovery are identifying a problem and reaching out for a professional diagnosis, LSD use can delay treatment.

Treating Personality Disorders and LSD Use

One in four adults with a mental illness are also reported to have a substance abuse disorder.When a person has co-occurring substance use and personality disorder, he or she has a Dual Diagnosis. All aspects of mental health need to be treated simultaneously. Integrated treatment will address LSD use and personality disorders so that you can begin managing symptoms and pursuing a richer, more balanced life.

Treatment begins with detox. This allows LSD and its immediate effects to leave the body. It helps patients deal with withdrawal symptoms that can stem from psychological dependence. After LSD detox, treatment shifts to addressing the longer-term and more deeply rooted psychological aspects of substance use and personality disorders.

Luckily many forms of treatment help address both substance use and mental health issues. The American Psychiatric Association reports, when it comes to personality disorders, “during psychotherapy, an individual can gain insight and knowledge about the disorder and what is contributing to symptoms, and can talk about thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Psychotherapy can help a person understand the effects of their behavior on others and learn to manage or cope with symptoms and to reduce behaviors causing problems with functioning and relationships.”3

The same is true for substance use disorders.

Practices like dialectical behavior therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and group therapy can be effective treatment methods for both personality disorders and issues related to LSD and other drug use.

Reach out to The Canyon at 424-387-3118 to learn more about these and other treatment methods. Receive an in-depth assessment and diagnosis. Get immediate access to personalized options for your health and future.

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1 Burton, Neel. “The 10 Personality Disorders.” Psychology Today. 17 Sep. 2017.

2 Personality Disorders.” National Institute of Mental Health. Nov. 2017.

3 What Are Personality Disorders?” American Psychiatric Association. Feb. 2016.

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