Dual diagnosis is the simultaneous existence of a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. Also known as co-occurring disorders, dual diagnosis cases can be difficult to diagnose and treat effectively. There are a wide range of interactions possible between mental health and substance abuse, with broad links existing alongside causal connections. Common dual diagnosis conditions include depression and alcoholism, methamphetamine-induced psychosis, and panic disorders and benzo abuse.
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Before treating a dual diagnosis, clinicians have to evaluate clients and diagnose them accordingly. There are a number of problems regarding both diagnosis and treatment, with difficult decisions to make and institutional problems to overcome. People living with co-existing conditions often fall between the treatment cracks, with mental health clinics often unable to assist drug addicts and drug treatment centers not equipped to handle mental illness. There is a huge “treatment gap” when it comes to dual diagnosis cases, with some people moved between multiple facilities before they find a treatment plan that works for them.
Even when an appropriate facility has been found, doctors and clinicians still struggle with diagnosis and treatment. Co-occurring disorders often involve complex and chaotic relationships, with clear directional links between disorders not always apparent. For example, some people might turn to drugs to deal with a depression problem, with extensive drug use aggravating the initial disorder.
Alcohol use disorder includes both alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence, both of which are based on problematic alcohol consumption patterns. Alcohol use disorder is a mental disorder, with abuse and addiction known to exact a high toll on individual health and wider society. Alcoholism has also been associated with a range of other mental disorders, including depression disorder and various anxiety disorders.
According to the National Institutes of Health, alcoholics are two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder than the general population. According to a separate study by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, people with a history of alcohol dependence are more than four times as likely to experience depression disorder than the general population.
The links between alcoholism and mental health are complex and bi-directional, with some people drinking to self-medicate mental health problems and others developing mental issues as a result of their drinking. While it might be relatively simple for a doctor to diagnose a primary disorder when a person is young, this gets harder and harder as time goes on.
In many cases, it is impossible to define the primary disorder, with both conditions feeding back on one another in a chaotic fashion. Alcoholism is a major issue in American society, with some treatment centers specializing in alcoholism and its connection with mental health.
Benzodiazepines include Valium, Serax, Halcion, Xanax and Klonopin among others. These medications are taken to treat anxiety and sleep disorders, with these drugs also abused for their sedative and hypnotic qualities. Benzodiazepines are central nervous system (CNS) depressants and sedatives, with benzos also known as tranquilizers in some cases.
Benzo dependence is associated with tolerance and a physical-somatic withdrawal syndrome, with a medical detox period recommended to break the bonds of benzo addiction. People with anxiety disorders often become dependent on these drugs after a long time of psychiatric use, with the withdrawal period also associated with the onset of anxiety in some cases.
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