Mental Health, Dual-Diagnosis, & Behavioral Addictions
Welcome to the Mental Health, Dual-Diagnosis, & Behavioral Addictions topic center
This topic center will provide information on:
- Dual-Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders.
- Behavioral Addictions.
Whether you have struggled with substance abuse yourself or have studied it from an outside perspective, you probably know that mental health is a critical piece of the puzzle. In fact, substance use disorders (SUDs) are included in the manual of mental illnesses, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
Mental health difficulties like anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress can often lead to substance abuse problems; conversely, using substances can worsen mental health. Mental illness and substance use disorders frequently occur together, and this is called a “dual-diagnosis,” or co-occurring disorder. The following mental health problems co-occur frequently with addiction:
- Bipolar Disorder.
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Eating Disorders.
- Personality Disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder or Antisocial Personality Disorder.
- Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.
To learn more about these mental health topics be sure to check out the Mental Disorders section of our website, which contains thousands of pages and comprehensive information on a variety of psychological and social issues.
*As always, you should consider contacting a medical professional to be properly evaluated and treated for any mental health or addiction related disorder.
If you think you might have both a mental health and substance use disorder (dual-diagnosis), here are some options for seeking treatment. Be sure to ask the treatment center if they offer dual-diagnosis treatment!
- Use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) treatment finding tool to find inpatient and outpatient services in your area.
- Call 1-888-993-3112Who Answers? to learn about addiction inpatient detox, treatment, and recovery facilities, including their cost, location, and amenities. Some facilities treat mental health concerns as well. Be sure to ask specific and detailed questions about whether the facility treats mental illness in conjunction with addiction. Don't hesitate to ask questions about other things that might be important to you, like whether staff are properly credentialed; what the schedule is like; and what types of therapies are offered.
- Contact your insurance company to learn about treatment options and providers that are covered under your plan.