Common Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders
posted on October 19, 2017
“It’s not uncommon for people addicted to drugs and alcohol to have a Dual Diagnosis or Co-occurring Disorder. This condition is present when a person has a substance addiction and a mental health condition at the same time.”
A co-occurring disorder happens when someone with a mental health condition turns to drugs or alcohol, or both, to relieve symptoms. Unfortunately, many treatment centers refuse to work with someone who has a dual diagnosis because there is often a lack of doctors, psychiatrists or other healthcare professionals capable of dealing with the mental health part of the illness. Since each dual diagnosis presents its own unique situation, one on one treatment is the most appropriate type of care for someone with a co-occurring disorder.Here is a list of the most common mental health conditions that qualify as a dual diagnosis disorder when combined with substance abuse issues. Each disorder posted below has the most commonly used substances next to it.
- Bipolar Disorder – Alcohol or cocaine. Depends on what state the person is in, the manic state, or the depressive state.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Alcohol and benzodiazepines for relief from symptoms
- Depression – Alcohol helps to mask the mood of a depressed person.
- Anxiety – Alcohol, benzodiazepines, and cocaine provide compensation and relief from symptoms.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – Alcohol and stimulant abuse provide a sense of focus or relaxation, therefore relieving symptoms.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Marijuana and alcohol interrupt overly obsessive thinking.
- Panic Disorder – Psychiatric medications such as benzodiazepines and alcohol help calm a person down in social environments.
- Schizophrenia – Nicotine, caffeine and other stimulants can disrupt hallucinations.
If you would like to view an infographic that includes the symptoms of each disorder listed above, click here.
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