What Is A Dual Diagnosis?
Individuals with dual diagnoses may have trouble maintaining relationships, may withdraw socially and isolate, and may have a hard time expressing their emotions, which can intensify their mental illness or addiction symptoms. When someone is actively in their addiction, they may be less likely to receive adequate medical care, are more likely to experience severe medical complications and early death, and are at an increased risk of impulsive or potentially violent acts.
Signs and Symptoms of A Dual Diagnosis
Signs of problematic behaviors that could indicate that someone’s suffering from a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder include:
Dual diagnoses can be challenging for individuals to confront because they have two parts. Specialized treatment is vital so individuals can address their substance use disorder first to then treat the mental health disorder more successfully.