Dual Diagnosis Treatment and Recovery
The term dual diagnosis is used to describe people who have problems with substance misuse and severe mental health problems co-occurring at the same time. Common psychiatric problems associated with dual diagnosis include:
- Bipolar disorder, depression and other depressive disorders
- Anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), other anxiety disorders and phobias
- Personality disorders, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric disorders
The risk of misusing substances is significantly increased when suffering from a mental health diagnosis. For example, someone diagnosed with schizophrenia is about 10% more likely than an average person to be misusing drugs or alcohol. It is commonplace for people who are affected by such disorders to be vulnerable and to not receive the appropriate form of care.