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Urine Toxicology Testing and Psychiatric Care

Drug testing is uncommon for patients who are primarily being treated for mental disorders, but should be considered when assessing a patient presenting with mood or behavior changes (Black & Andreasen, 2011). Urine Toxicology Test could be used with patients with possible mental disorders to aid in diagnosis, help determine whether the psychiatric symptoms are substance use or withdrawal related, or to identify a co-occurring SUD.

Controlled substances are prescribed for some psychiatric conditions (e.g., benzodiazepines for chronic anxiety disorder or stimulants for ADHD). Urine Toxicology Test monitoring for adherence to controlled medications may be indicated for some patients.