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Dual Disorders

Co-occurring Disorders (Dual Diagnosis)

Dual diagnosis is generally defined as a drug or alcohol addiction in conjunction with one or more co-occurring mental health disorders or conditions.  These disorders include depression, anxiety, maina or bi-polar disorder, borderline personality disorder, psychoses, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive, PTSD and others.  WIthout treatment of both the addiction and the mental health disorder,  either problem can easily exacerbate the other, leading to a downward spiral of mental health problems and addictive berhioral problems.  If you or a loved one is suffering from dual diagnosis, it is important to seek proper treatment, as the combination of addiction and mental health disorders can be devastating to individuals and families, and lead to massive unmanageability and negative consequences in life.

The following articles discuss mental health conditions and disorders which commonly co-occur with addiction, otherwise known as dual diagnoses

Depression

Parent Category: Addiction Category: Co-occurring Disorders (Dual Diagnosis) Last Updated: 24 October 2012 Published: 13 November 2010

Depression is a common mental disorder that affects millions of people around the world. It is characterized by depressed mood, feelings of guilt or low self-esteem, low energy, poor concentration, and inability to feel pleasure. In some cases these symptoms can beocome particularly intense and/or persist over a long period of time, significantly affecting a person’s ability to lead a normal life. At its worst, depression can exacerbate other illnesses, trigger sleep disturbances, ruin relationships and eventually lead to death by suicide.

The following is an overview of the major forms of depression, their symptoms, warning signs and treatments.

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