Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Methamphetamine Intoxication


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is methamphetamine intoxication. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how methamphetamine intoxication will be characterized on standardized exams (namely the boards and the shelf exams). This page is not meant to be used as a tradition question bank (as all of the answers will be the same), however seeing the classic “test” characterization for a disease is quite valuable.


Question # 1

A 24 year old woman is brought to the emergency department because of a 5 hour period of violent and agitated behavior. Her roommate is concerned that she may have taken some illicit substance. She has no notable past medical history. She is not taking any medications. Her temperature is 100.3°F, pulse is 120/min, respiration’s are 21/min, and blood pressure is 145/90 mm Hg. Mental status exam reveals speech that is loud and rapid in both rate and rhythm. She describes her own moods as wild, and her affect is exuberant and irritable. Her though process is tangential. She denies having any hallucinations. During the exam she tries to leave the emergency department, pushing a security guard aggressively and throwing her cup of water on the floor. What is the likely explanation for this patient’s presentation?


Page Updated: 09.17.2016