What is a Dual Diagnosis?
Individuals who struggle with a substance abuse disorder, as well as a mental health disorder at the same time, are diagnosed as having co-occurring disorders. This kind of disorder is also known as dual diagnosis. There are many factors that are considered before a patient is diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder. At our counseling center in Naples, we specialize in treatment programs that can effectively treat these kinds of disorders for all types of individuals.
A dual diagnosis can directly impact your everyday life; however, there are ways you can manage this disease to live happily again. It’s important to know the signs dual diagnosis.
Signs & Symptoms of a Co-Occurring Disorder
Signs and symptoms will always vary with mental health disorders, as each individual is unique. When combined with an addiction, these types of disorders will produce different effects. However, those who have been diagnosed with this type of disorder tend to have trouble managing their symptoms. These effects can be life-threatening without the proper care.
If you happen to be suffering from an addiction and notice that you are having trouble maintaining relationships, having difficulties fulfilling responsibilities at work or school, and turning to drugs and/or alcohol you may be suffering from a co-occurring disorder. When combined with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems can produce debilitating effects. Experiencing extreme mood swings or suffering from constant panic attacks are signs of a co-occurring disorder if you are aware that you are also addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Other warning signs to look out for in a dual diagnosis are impulsive behavior, suicidal thoughts, and the inability to stop abusing drugs or alcohol in high-risk situations. This type of disorder can cause you to make poor decisions, as well as bring you on an emotional downward spiral.
The licensed professionals at Counseling of Southwest Florida can help you manage the symptoms of dual diagnosis. If you believe that you are suffering from a co-occurring disorder, contact our counseling center in Naples today.
Casey is the founder and CEO of Portner Counseling Group (PCG), a counseling center in the Fort Lauderdale area, which specializes with issues related to drug and alcohol use. Casey has completed focused course work on the physiological aspects of drug addiction and human psychology, as well as received extensive training on the treatment of co-occurring disorders.