What is dual diagnosis?
Common co-occurring mental health issues
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder
The signs and symptoms of dual diagnosis
There are many signs of dual diagnosis to watch for, including:
- A dramatic change in behavior
- Becoming a social recluse and avoiding social situations
- Ignoring health, exercise and diets
- Erratic and irrational behavior
- Poor financial management
- Low performance at work
- Talk of suicide or attempts to take one’s life
One sure-fire sign is to consider signs and symptoms over time. If you feel like you or a loved one has prolonged signs and symptoms of dual diagnosis, it’s time to seek professional help.
Get help for dual diagnosis
Entering rehab for dual diagnosis
- Psychotherapy: This therapy treatment is a big part of dual diagnosis treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy, in particular, helps you learn how to cope and change negative thinking.
- Support Groups: These are great when dealing with a dual diagnosis that can feel isolating. Support groups let clients share frustrations, celebrate successes and find referrals for specialists. They also provide a space for forming healthy friendships filled with encouragement to stay clean.
- Holistic wellness practices: Art therapy, yoga, meditation classes and other forms of wellness practices help deal with dual diagnosis. Often, a person’s mental health is the big cause of substance abuse disorders. Removing negative triggers and introducing healthy habits allows a person to rest. It also helps calm their mind and learn the tools they need to prolong their recovery for the rest of their lives.