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Dual Diagnosis – Part 2: Signs, symptoms and treatment

Dual Diagnosis – Part 2: Signs, symptoms and treatment

Dual diagnosis is a co-occurring disorder wherein a mental illness and the problem of addiction to substances coexist. It has been observed that mental illnesses and addiction often go hand in hand. On the one hand, many people who suffer from mental illnesses tend to abuse substances like alcohol, drugs, etc. On the other hand, people who abuse substances may eventually get afflicted with mental illnesses. Continue reading

Substance-induced disorder symptoms closer to dual diagnosis symptoms

Substance-induced disorder symptoms closer to dual diagnosis symptoms

Dual diagnosis exists when an individual has both a mental disorder and a substance abuse disorder simultaneously. While there is a link between substance abuse and mental disorders, both substance-induced mood disorders and substance abuse disorders despite sounding similar are two distinct domains. The latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) category called Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders categorize the above disorders separately. Continue reading

Dual diagnosis and common co-occurring disorders

Dual diagnosis and common co-occurring disorders

People often comes across the term dual diagnosis but not many are aware of or understand the condition correctly. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA), 2014 survey, 7.9 million people in the U.S. were diagnosed with dual diagnosis during that year. Since the condition is pretty widespread, it is important to try and get to know more about it so as to take help at the right time and prevent it from escalating. Continue reading

Cognitive behavioral therapy: An efficacious method to treat dual diagnosis

Cognitive behavioral therapy: An efficacious method to treat dual diagnosis

Many people suffering from mental disorders such as depression, often get hooked on to various illegal substances to deal with their symptoms, however, they soon realize that they cannot live without them and have developed an addiction. In such a situation, both mental disease and addiction tend to influence each other, aggravating the condition, which, eventually, makes it difficult for a doctor to dissociate one from the other and provide suitable remedies to the sufferer. Thus, it is important to overcome the symptoms of mental illness without falling back to drugs or alcohol to recover from co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis and lead a happy life. Continue reading

Benefits of integrated treatment for recovery from dual diagnosis

Benefits of integrated treatment for recovery from dual diagnosis

There is a close relationship between substance abuse and mental illness. Many people suffering from mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety or panic disorders, use an array of prescription drugs to counter their symptoms but soon realize that they cannot do without them. In such a situation, both mental disease and addiction tend to aggravate each other, which makes it difficult for a therapist to disentangle one from the other and devise suitable remedies. Continue reading

Things about dual diagnosis one should know

Things about dual diagnosis one should know

Dual diagnosis refers to a condition where an individual has both a substance addiction and a mental illness simultaneously. There are many combinations of mental disorders and addictions, but some combinations, such as depression and alcohol, anxiety and alcohol/tobacco and bipolar disorder with alcohol/tobacco are more common. It is often tough to deal with dual diagnosis because both mental disorder and substance abuse have to be treated. Having knowledge about the conditions is important. Continue reading

Things to know about dual diagnosis

Things to know about dual diagnosis

When a person is diagnosed with a mental disorder and also indulges in substance abuse, it is a case of dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis is a critical condition because its treatment requires focusing on both–substance abuse and mental disorder simultaneously. The recovery is also complicated and delay in treatment or incorrect diagnosis can be disastrous. Continue reading