Dual Diagnosis

Let’s Talk About Co-occuring Disorders or “Dual Diagnosis”

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Published on: December 1, 2016

Co-occurring, or “dual diagnosis,” is a term frequently used in the mental health field but what does it really mean? A client who is classified as having a co-occurring diagnosis is someone who is abusing drugs or alcohol and/or has a dependence on such substances, and also a mental health disorder (such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc.). The addiction often stems from a client using their drug of choice to cope with the symptoms of the mental disorder. For example, someone suffering from an anxiety disorder might use alcohol to calm his or her nerves. Justin’s Struggle With Substance Abuse… Continue Reading This Article