Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

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Addiction and mental health issues are very common health issues in today’s day and age. They affect millions of people around the world. When these issues co-occur, it can cause both to increase in severity.
When a person is diagnosed with both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder, they are said to have co-occurring disorders. These disorders can occur separately, but when they co-exist they usually cause the symptoms of each disorder to amplify. That is because both disorders affect very similar parts of the brain.

Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders are defined by the dual diagnosis of a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder. This can involve one mental health disorder and one substance use disorder, or it can involve multiple psychiatric and addictive conditions at once. An example would be someone battling both depression and an alcohol use disorder and cocaine addiction, or someone with PTSD may have depression and an addiction issue.

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Any combination of substance abuse and mental illness is considered to be a dual diagnosis or co-occurring mental health disorder. Here is an example of some common co-occurring disorders:

Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders are common, recurrent, and often very serious conditions. However, they are treatable and many people do recover with the proper diagnosis and treatment.

Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders affect nearly 8.5 million people in the United States. They can affect people from all walks of life and age. A person diagnosed with a mental health disorder is 2 times more likely to suffer from a substance use disorder and vice versa.

Symptoms of Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

Knowing some of the symptoms of a co-occurring disorder can help one recognize when they may need to seek help. These symptoms include:
Symptoms of co-occurring disorders are very similar to the symptoms of both substance use disorders and mental health disorders, but they occur in the same person.

Treating Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders take a huge toll on the brain. The effects can be devastating and if left untreated can lead to suicide, hospitalization, violence, social isolation, victimization, drug overdose, or incarceration.

These disorders are very treatable, but must be treated together by the same treatment team. This is often called integrated dual diagnosis treatment.