Dual Diagnosis Treatment Plan

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Dual diagnosis treatment plans often focus on group and individual therapy from a cognitive behavior perspective. Find out how learning the appropriate skills to deal with life and society is key for a dual diagnosis patient 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 in St. Pete, Florida. I'd like to talk to you a little bit about dual diagnosis outpatient treatment. Dual diagnosis sometimes can be misunderstood among even the professionals in the field of psychology or treatment of addictions. Dual diagnosis usually means some sort of addictive pattern of behavior, some form of addiction along with some type of disorder, usually a personality disorder like borderline personality disorder or any of the psychotic states or mood disorders. And the difficulty in treating dual diagnosis is that the behavior patterns that are associated with the first diagnosis of a mental disorder or some type of mood disorder is difficult enough to treat by itself but usually those problems are exacerbated by the actual addiction and the substance abuse or the substance dependence. So, what we really have to do in an outpatient basis is try to probably a group and individual therapy from a cognitive behavioral perspective is probably the most effective form of treatment for dual diagnosis. It's important for patients in that type of setting to learn the appropriate skills to deal with life and be productive members of society along with recognizing and dealing with the actual addictive behaviors and some of the behaviors that perpetuate an addiction whether it be alcohol or other substances. So we've been looking at dual diagnosis outpatient treatment programs. My name is John Bosworth and I'm a licensed mental health counselor in St. Pete, Florida.

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