Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occuring Disorders
Dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders are psychiatric disorders that are occurring along with substance abuse or substance dependence disorders.
More than half of people experiencing alcohol and drug abuse or dependence disorders are also suffering from a co-occurring mental disorder.
Diagnosing a dual diagnosis/co-occurring disorder condition in substance abusers can be difficult, as drug abuse itself often induces psychiatric symptoms. In determining the correct dual diagnosis/co-occurring disorder diagnosis it is necessary to differentiate between substance induced and pre-existing mental illness.
Self Medication and Drug or Alcohol Abuse and Dependence
Often people suffering from mental disorders attempt to deal with the problem themselves by "self medicating." It is common for people experiencing mental disorders to feel relief when drinking alcohol or taking drugs, so it is natural that they should start using these substances to alleviate or control their symptoms.
The problem with self medicating a mental disorder is that prolonged use of alcohol and recreational drugs will likely create a condition of pathological dependence. In addition, use of certain substances may actually increase the symptoms or create new symptoms.
Treatment for Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders
Summit Malibu's world-class therapists have decades of experience treating the many dual diagnosis/co-occurring disorders that often accompany substance dependence.
Click on the links below to learns more about treatment of dual diagnosis/co-occurring disorders, such as:
- Anxiety Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Bi-Polar Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Anxiety Disorder
If you have additional questions, or if you would like us to provide you with a no-cost, no-commitment, confidential consultation, please contact one of our treatment specialists.
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