A co-occurring disorder or dual-diagnosis happens when a person experiences two disorders at the same time, often with overlapping symptoms and causes.
These comorbid disorders can be difficult to treat, but it’s important that both issues are addressed at the same time. This is because resurgences of one disorder can bring on symptoms of the other, and vice versa. When we fail to address both disorders at once, there’s a high chance of relapse or the continuation of the mental illness. The treatment should be tailored to the individual’s particular situation as well.
Specialized treatment tends to include counseling, rehabilitation, and a professional plan for recovery. This often means that the person should enter into a treatment facility to receive the care that they need to move forward. Treating both ailments at the same also allows professionals to account for symptoms that overlap between the mental illness and the addiction. In a lot of instances, the person will show behaviors that could be ascribed to either condition.
Changes to personality, paranoia, erratic moods, and more can all be symptoms of both addiction and depression. It’s important to note, though, that depression and addiction are both treatable, even when they occur at the same time.
Recovery works for many individuals, and it could work for you or the loved one in your life who needs help.