Is There a Difference Between Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorders?
posted on October 13, 2017
Let’s get straight to the question. There is no difference between a dual diagnosis and a co-occurring disorder (COD). They are two different terms for the same condition.
What are the some of the most common co-occurring disorders?
- Anxiety and addiction
- Post-traumatic stress order and addiction
- Bipolar disorder and addiction
- Depression and addiction
- Schizophrenia and addiction
- Personality disorder and addiction
Having a mental illness is still viewed negatively in society today. Many who have it don’t disclose it. Psychiatric issues in general, are more common than the public may realize. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that “one in four adults over the age of 18 experience a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year”.
Those living with a COD are likely to experience some of the following problems:
- Chronic relapse
- Emergency room visits due to physical injury or overdose
- Difficulty maintaining relationships or family conflicts
- Stop taking prescribed medication
- A life of isolation
- Poor personal hygiene
- Risky behaviour such as having unsafe sex or driving while intoxicated
- An increase in violent or aggressive behaviour
- Incarceration and or legal troubles
- Difficulties keeping a job or staying in school
Regardless of the diagnosis of a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis, one should be at a facility that can treat both addiction and the mental illness. It is best if you treat both the mental illness and addiction at the same time. If you would like to read about this subject in greater detail you can click here.
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