What is Dual Diagnosis?
An estimated 20 million American adults have a substance use disorder; of these, half also reported some form of mental health concern. When someone experiences a combination of addiction and mental illness, they are said to have co-occurring disorders – otherwise labeled “dual diagnosis.” This can make the treatment of one’s substance use disorder more complex, but if handled by highly qualified experts, both addiction and mental illness may be overcome.
Common dual diagnoses include:
- Bipolar disorder
- OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Panic disorder (panic attacks)
- ADD (attention deficit disorder)
- ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)