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Dual Diagnosis

Health professionals give a dual diagnosis when a patient is found to suffer from a mental health disorder along with substance addiction. When there are co-occurring disorders, each issue needs to be addressed for a full and lasting recovery. Get the facts on other disorders commonly intertwined that may require a dual diagnosis. 

woman coping with both a substance addiction and a co-occurring anxiety disorder

How Anxiety and Addiction Affect One Another

By Monica Romano

Whether one’s anxiety triggers substance abuse or vice versa, the cycle repeats and can often seem endless. Continue Reading

mother struggling with both postpartum depression and substance abuse

How to Overcome Addiction Following Postpartum Depression

By Nicole Arzt

There's no doubt that parenting is a difficult feat. Struggling with a past or current addiction, however, can bring a whole ne... Continue Reading

woman coping with a mental health disorder

Differentiating Borderline Personality and Bipolar Disorders

By Rebecca Kovacs

BP and BPD are widely stigmatized through public misconception, and lumping the two disorders as one certainly doesn't help. Continue Reading

woman experiencing anxiety-induced physical sensations

Study Suggests Opioid Abuse May Result in Anxiety Sensitivity

By Rebecca Kovacs

Anxiety sensitivity is a fear of anxiety-induced physical sensations. Continue Reading

abused child suffering from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)

The Link Between ACE, Insomnia, and Other Mental Ailments

By Rebecca Kovacs

People who’ve suffered Adverse Childhood Experiences are at risk for developing chronic health conditions. Continue Reading

person coping with body dysmorphia

BDD: How Body Dysmorphic Disorder Triggers Substance Abuse

By Erica Lee

BDD can be so hard to deal with that some people turn to substance abuse as a means to cope with the perpetual negativity marin... Continue Reading

opioid addict struggling with suicidal thoughts

Opioids and Suicide: Linking America’s 2 Deadliest Epidemics

By Nicole Arzt

For the first time in American history, the chances of dying from an opioid overdose have surpassed the odds of dying in a moto... Continue Reading

woman experiencing depression after using prescribed medication

Study Shows Commonly Used Meds May Be Linked To Depression

By Dawn Hurley

Long-term use of over-the-counter medications used to treat acid reflux and allergy symptoms carry the risk of depression. Continue Reading

Author unravels the complexity of addiction and mental health

Unraveling the Complexity of Addiction and Mental Health

By Dawn Hurley

Research indicates that addiction has a high rate of co-occurrence with mental illnesses. When not treated collectively, each c... Continue Reading

An active addict struggles with both substance abuse and depression.

Alexithymia: The Unsung Culprit of Depression and Addiction

Alexithymia isn't a household word, but many are affected by this personality construct than most realize. Continue Reading

Clinician hypnotizes woman to treat clinical depression.

Hypnotize Me: Hypnotherapy for Depression

By Dr. Carol Anderson

For those who suffer from depression, hypnotherapy is definitely an adjunct methodology that should be explored. Continue Reading

Friends hug as one seeks support and recovery following a sexual assault

What to Do After Experiencing Sexual Trauma

By Leia Rivera

One author recounts the time following her sexual assault and offers advice for other victims. Continue Reading

woman suffering from grief or depression

Grief vs. Depression: Is There a Difference?

By Dr. Carol Anderson

We need to distinguish mental illness from healthy grief in order to be able to treat both successfully. Continue Reading

isolated individual suffering from social phobia

Social Phobia: Inside a Common Mental Disorder

By Elizabeth Seward

If left untreated, social phobia can disturb virtually every aspect of a person’s life. Continue Reading

recovering addict at peace after overcoming suicidal ideation

How AA Principles Saved Me From Suicide

By Patrick Biegler

According to a 2013 CDC report, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with over 40,000 people dying ... Continue Reading

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