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Dual Diagnosis is when people struggle with both mental illness and substance abuse. It is estimated that as many as 45% of people with addiction also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. If you need help treating your dual diagnosis, reach out to a resource center. Many treatment centers are available ready to help you regain stability in your life. 

Common Types of Mental Illnesses and Addiction

A few psychiatric disorders are commonly linked to substance abuse. Some of those are as follows:

  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Schizophrenia 

If you have been diagnosed with any of the previously mentioned, and need help, contact a mental health professional to discuss the options of treatment programs. 

Signs and Symptoms of a Dual Diagnosis 

Some of the symptoms of a Dual Diagnosis include the following:

  • Sudden change in behavior
  • Mood swings 
  • Difficulty with daily responsibilities and tasks
  • Isolating 
  • Neglecting self-care 
  • Delusions 
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors 
  • Impulsivity 
  • Poor financial control 
  • Poor performance at school or work 

The symptoms of having a Dual Diagnosis can be intense and hard to manage. If you are struggling with your symptoms, seek help. A residential treatment facility may be beneficial for your recovery journey. 

Treatment for Dual Diagnosis

When it comes to treating a Dual Diagnosis, it depends on the individual. Every situation is different. The most common treatment options include detox, cognitive behavioral therapy, 12-step programs, sober living homes, family therapy, and support groups. In some cases, inpatient rehabilitation or outpatient treatment may be the most beneficial. Rehab provides a safe environment for the person to heal and detox. The person also learns life skills, coping mechanisms, and relapse prevention. Mental health and substance abuse should both be taken very seriously. If you or a loved one are battling a Dual Diagnosis and need help, contact a trusted behavioral health professional to discuss the best course of action for your recovery. 

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