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Dual diagnoses of mental health

Mental illness and substance or alcohol abuse are common dual diagnoses, but can often obscure the clinical picture of a patient. This is also particularly difficult in diagnosing adolescents due to mood fluctuations. Denial about the psychiatric disorder or the substance misuse makes it hard to diagnose and treat the conditions, especially with an over demanded mental health system. Predisposing factors for mental illness with dual diagnosis of substance abuse include previous physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by About

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  • Mood fluctuations

Article Source Details

About: Dual diagnoses of mental health

Date: 2005

Source: About

Author: Buddy T

URL: http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/dual/a/aa981209.htm

Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

  • Diagnosis
  • Diagnosis and mental illness
  • Diagnosis and psychiatric illness
  • Diagnosis and psychiatry
  • Diagnosis and substance abuse
  • Diagnosis and substance misuse
  • Diagnosis and physical abuse
  • Diagnosis and domestic violence
  • Diagnosis and emotional abuse
  • Diagnosis and sexual abuse
  • Diagnosis and troubled teen
  • Diagnosis and mood fluctuations
  • Undiagnosed
  • Undiagnosed and mental illness
  • Undiagnosed and psychiatric illness
  • Undiagnosed and substance abuse
  • Undiagnosed and substance misuse
  • Undiagnosed and physical abuse
  • Undiagnosed and emotional abuse
  • Undiagnosed and sexual abuse
  • Undiagnosed and troubled teen
  • Undiagnosed and mood fluctuations

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