Dual Diagnosis occurs when a person has both an alcohol or drug addiction and an emotional or psychiatric problem at the same time. The term dual diagnosis is often used interchangeably with the terms co-occurring disorder, co-occurring illness, dual disorder, co-morbity and co-morbid disorder.
According to a report published by The Journal of The American Medical Association, 37 percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness. If these underlying issues are not diagnosed and managed, they often resurface – greatly increasing the odds of relapse.
Often, people suffering from co-occurring disorders are treated for the symptoms of substance abuse and not the coexisting psychiatric/emotional disorders. Texas Star provides a comprehensive psychiatric assessment that defines emotional psychiatric factors and enables concurrent treatment.
COMMON DISORDERS CO-OCCURRING WITH ADDICTION
- Panic Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Social Phobia