Dual Diagnosis

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Crytsal Whitecotton
Crytsal Whitecotton

Dual diagnosis (also called co-occurring disorders) is a term for when an individual experiences mental illness and substance use disorder at the same time. It is unclear which disorder develops first, such as alcohol use developing as a form of self-medicating for depression. Likewise, an individual can develop symptoms of depression in response to continued drug use. Research shows that alcohol and drug use can worsen mental health symptoms.

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