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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.
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