“What is dual diagnosis” is a common question posed by people seeking addiction and mental disorder treatment. To get a better understanding of dual diagnosis, one should know that mental and substance use disorders are not always separate problems – they are conditions often linked to each other. A person with bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may turn to alcohol or other drugs to get rid of their symptoms. A person with a drug addiction problem may develop depression or anxiety. The combination of an addiction and a mental condition is called dual diagnosis, which presents a unique challenge to both the patient and the clinician.
As per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), around a third of people with a mental illness also suffer from substance abuse. For people living with a severe mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, the percentage is closer to half. The NAMI also warns that dual diagnosis is more common in men than in women. Other risk factors include having a lower economic status, having experienced trauma and a mental illness.
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