Cognitive dysphoria

Dysphoria (semantically the opposite of euphoria) is medically recognized as a cognitive and emotional state in which a person experiences intense feelings of discomfort and unhappiness. It is often accompanied by strong feelings of anxiety and depression.[1] These feelings can vary in their intensity depending on the dosage consumed and the users susceptibility to mental instability. Although dysphoria is an effect,[2] the term is also used colloquially to define an intense state of general melancholic unhappiness combined with an overwhelming sense of discomfort and malaise.

In the context of psychoactive substance usage, many compounds induce states of dysphoria regardless of the person's previous emotional state. It is most commonly induced under the influence of common dosages of deliriants or during the after effects of almost any stimulant compound

psychoactive substances

Compounds which may cause this effect commonly include:

3,4-CTMP, 4-FMA, Caffeine, DPT, Datura, Diphenhydramine, MCPP, PMMA, Salvinorin A

See also

  • Cognitive euphoria
  • Depression


Documentation written by Josie Kins