Co-occurring Disorders

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A Comprehensive Overview of Co-Occurring Disorders

March 20, 2024|Co-occurring Disorders|

You may have heard the term "co-occurring disorders” in the context of mental health. But what exactly are co-occurring disorders, and how do they impact individuals? Let's explore examples, treatment options and the importance of addressing both conditions simultaneously. What Are Co-Occurring Disorders? The term co-occurring disorders, also known as dual diagnosis or comorbidity, refers to patients who are presenting with both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. This combination can complicate diagnosis, treatment and recovery processes, presenting unique challenges for both healthcare professionals and patients. Examples of Co-Occurring Disorders Common examples of co-occurring disorders include: 1. [...]

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An Overview of Dual Diagnosis Statistics

March 10, 2023|Co-occurring Disorders|

Co-occurring disorders — also referred to as dual diagnosis — might sound unusual to some, but this dual-presence of disorders is actually incredibly common. Substance abuse, mental health problems and physical illnesses run rampant in the twenty-first century, so it’s no wonder so many people experience multiple conditions. Whether depression and addiction, anxiety and diabetes, or a different combination entirely, you’re not alone. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at just how common co-occurring disorders are, as well as provide an overview of the most important statistics on dual diagnosis. What are co-occurring disorders? Co-occurring [...]

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The Most Common Substances Linked to Co-Occurring Disorders

February 8, 2023|Co-occurring Disorders, Mental Health and Addiction|

Mental health and addiction have long been connected. Pre-existing mental health conditions are known to be one of the leading causes of why individuals turn to substances. On the flip side, substance use disorders are known to severely affect and cause an imbalance in the mental health of an individual. It’s a vicious cycle. When a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder exist simultaneously in an individual, this is described as having a co-occurring disorder.  The severity of each condition can be on different levels, and this severity can increase or decrease over time due to a variety [...]