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It’s not uncommon for people addicted to drugs and alcohol to have a Dual Diagnosis or Co-occurring Disorder. This condition is present when a person has a substance addiction AND a mental health condition at the same time.
Many treatment centers will refuse to work with dual diagnosis patients because they don’t have medical doctors or psychiatrists on staff to deal with the mental health side of the illness.
Because each patient is different and dual diagnosis presents additional things to work on in therapy, it’s crucial that each patient receive one on one treatment instead of a one-size fits all approach.
Regardless of whether the mental illness is driving the addiction or the other way around, BOTH will need to be addressed for treatment to be successful.
What are Examples Dual Diagnosis Disorders?
Listed below are eight of the most common mental health disorders that are present as a dual diagnosis condition when combined with a drug or alcohol abuse problem.
- Bipolar Disorder
- PTSD – Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – OCD
- Panic Disorder
The infographic below shows 8 of the most common conditions or disorders found in dual diagnosis patients as well as the symptoms and commonly abused substances for each disorder.
It’s interesting that alcohol shows up as one of the most common substances used with co-occurring disorders. Alcohol is legal, widely available without a prescription, and acts as a depressant, so it’s no surprise that alcohol abuse is a popular way of dealing with the stress of a mental illness.
To view this infographic in more detail visit Cool Infographics.