Dual diagnosis is when someone is diagnosed with two different diseases or disorders. This can also be referred to as co-morbidity or co-occurring disorders. According to the National Institute on Drug abuse, a person diagnosed with an antisocial syndrome, anxiety, or mood disorders are 50% more likely to also be addicted to drugs or alcohol. Similarly, those diagnosed with drug addiction are statistically twice as likely to also suffer from an anxiety disorder or a mood disorder. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 29 percent of people who are diagnosed with a mental illness also abuse drugs including alcohol. An example of a dual diagnosis is alcoholism and depression. Given how prevalent dual diagnosis is, it is important to know where you can get help.
Treating co-occurring disorders can be difficult, but the emerging idea is that both disorders should be treated concurrently. This means that if you suffer from a drug addiction or abuse substances and have any other mental disorder, it is best to seek help at a facility that can cater to treating cases of dual diagnosis. Sometimes it is difficult to tell which disorder came first, but it is important that both be taken seriously and treated correctly. In Georgia, there are facilities which do deal with dual diagnosis cases. Please visit our website to find out more.
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