Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Dual diagnosis occurs when someone has both a mental disorder and an alcohol or drug difficult. These conditions occur together frequently Dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders is a term for someone who practices a mental illness because of indulge drinking, or the person abusing heroin during periods of mania. Alcohol and drug problem be likely to occur with depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, etc. The signs of substance abuse include: sudden changes in behaviour, withdrawal from friends and family, loss of control over use of materials, developing tolerance and removal symptoms. The consequences can be numerous and harsh. Persons with co-occurring disorders have a statistically greater propensity for violence, medication noncompliance, and failure to respond to treatment than customers with just substance abuse or a mental illness. These problems also extend out to these users families, friends and co-workers.
•  Depression
•  Bipolar disorder
•  Anxiety disorders
•  Schizophrenia
•  Personality disorder