Facts About Dual Diagnosis

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A dual diagnosis is a descriptive term for people dealing with a mental health problem and an addiction problem. Learn about the difficulty of treating patients with dual diagnosis with information from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on psychological conditions.

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Hi, my name is John Bosworth. I'm a licensed mental health counselor, in Saint Petersburg, Florida. I'd like to talk to you a little bit about facts about dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis is basically a, you can call it a prescriptive term, a descriptive term. It basically means that somebody is dealing with a mental or affective problem, along with a substance abuse or substance dependence problem. Some facts about dual diagnosis, most people that have some type of addiction problem; not all, but some people do have a concurrent, you know, anxiety, mood disorder, bipolar, personality disorder that they've been dealing with their whole lives. Sometimes, the alcohol abuse, or any any kind of addictive behavior is kind of a result of not dealing effectively with the, with the mood disorder, or with the anxiety, or the underlying depression, or the personality disorder. So, dual diagnosis; people with a dual diagnosis, it's very, very difficult to treat in that we can treat the addicted part or the the substance abuse part, and leave the underlying philosophy, you know, or the underlying mental or psychological components kind of intact. That sets up a situation where the person is probably likely to fail in their overcoming their addiction, because we're not dealing with some of the underlying personality characteristics that might have contributed to the addiction in the first place. So, we're talking about some facts about dual diagnosis. My name is John Bosworth. I'm a licensed mental health counselor, in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

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