Co-occurring disorders, formerly known as dual diagnoses, refers to the coexistence of mental health issues along with a substance abuse disorder. Individuals with mental health disorders are more likely than individuals without mental health disorders to struggle with alcohol or substance use disorders. It can happen when a person meets the diagnostic criteria of two mental health issues or a mental health issue and a substance use problem etc. In a number of cases, an underlying problem gives rise to another psychological issue which can in turn can result in two diagnoses. This is also described as co-morbidity or co-occurring mental health issues.
Each individual suffering from co-occurring conditions are different when it comes to their experience with addiction and mental illness. For most people, they began to experience mental health issues and tried alcohol or drugs soon after in order to “self-medicate”. For others, they first develop an addiction that grows so severe that it causes or triggers a mental health disorder. Clients with co-occurring orders often face more chronic medical, social and emotional trouble than clients suffering from addiction or mental health illness alone.
A Path to Full Recovery
At our dual diagnosis treatment center in California, we use a variety of programs compassionately created to target and overcome co-occurring conditions. Our treatments are designed to relieve an array of mental and physical conditions that come along with co-occurring conditions. In addition to practices such as yoga, mindfulness, and meditation, we also use non-addictive medication programs to treat co-occurring disorders and put you on the path to full mental and physical recovery.
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What is Dual Diagnoses and How Can it Help you Get Better?
There are a number of ways with which a person can have dual diagnosis. A person might have two or more psychological disorders co-occurring together, for example someone might be facing depressive symptoms and would have a diagnoses of alcohol use disorder too. Drug dependence often shares co-morbidity with other psychological issues.
Likewise in kids, if there is an intellectual problem going on, there might be another diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder co-occurring as well. Another example of co-occurring disorder can be use of a specific drug and an ongoing problem of psychosis or schizophrenia. Thus, there are a number of possibilities when it comes to dual diagnoses. This can be related to the fact that a person might be going through a number of psychological issues or might be having a substance use disorder as well.
How Does Dual Diagnoses Help in Treatment?
Dual diagnosis can help in the treatment of related problems in a much better way by addressing all diagnosis’s rather than one at a time. If a clinician works for the progress of only one symptom then it might not work well as the other diagnosis will looming around causing issues until addressed. Having co-occurring diagnoses can help the psychiatrist cater to all issues at once. It also helps the clinical psychologist or psychologist create a management plan well suited for long-term recovery.
Most Common Dual Diagnoses in the U.S.
The most common diagnoses in this category lay around the corners of drug abuse, drug addiction with a co-occurrence of mental health issues. The most common dual diagnosis’s given by clinicians in the United States include:
Who is at Risk for a Dual Diagnoses?
• War Veterans
• Juvenile delinquents
• People with a history of psychological issues
• People with a history of drug use and abuse
• Family members of people with a psychological disorder
• Family members of people with a drug related problem
• Poverty/having a low socioeconomic status
• Men are more likely to have a dual diagnosis compared to women
Dual Diagnosis Facts
A person might not always get diagnoses of two problems when they are having a psychological or substance use issue.
Dual Diagnosis Misconceptions
Well, it is totally possible to have dual diagnoses. When you are having more than one psychological disorder or a psychological disorder with co-occurring drug related problem, it’s a dual diagnosis.
It is not true, medication is always monitored by the psychiatrist and they manage the dosage according to the person they are giving treatment. When a patient does not talk to their psychiatrist or doctor before making medication choices, the likelihood of addiction increases. Self-medication can result in addiction. Regular follow ups with your psychiatrist and being open and honest about how the medication is making you feel will help you more.
This is a very wrong and common misconception about psychiatric medication. Most studies reveal that the average duration of medication for patients with psychological issues only goes from 2-5 years. While only 7% of people require lifelong medication, which mostly occurs in more severe cases.
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