History of Integrated Treatment for Dual Diagnosis

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Dual diagnosis is a syndrome wherein somebody has a severe mental illness in addition to a substance abuse problem. Discover how a clinician and treatment team are needed to treat dual diagnosis with information from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on psychology.

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Hi my name is John Bosworth. I'm a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, Florida. I would like to talk a little bit about the history of integrated treatment for dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis first of all is a syndrome where somebody has a severe mental illness such as Schizophrenia or paranoia. It can also be other mental illnesses that are very severe personality disorders, major depressive disorder, but along with the mental health illness is a substance abuse problem, substance abuse dependency or abuse, usually some form of alcohol or other drug addiction. In the history of treating this type of disorder we have found that one clinician and one treatment team and an integrated approach probably makes the most sense and there are a number of reasons for that. The main reason for that is we have a saying in psychology that too many cooks spoil the soup or spoil the broth and what happens is when people are dealing with an addiction or a major mental illness having some kind of integration or stream line approach will probably help them be more effective in actually applying it so in speaking about a history of integrated approaches we have found that usually one clinician or a treatment team, a one treatment team approach is probably the best because not only does the client benefit from it from a stream lined approach but also the clinician and the team treatment approach we get a better view of how the client is doing on both ends whether it is the mental health illness or whether it is the substance abuse or the chemical dependency. My name is John Bosworth and we have been speaking about the history of treatment for dual diagnosis disorders.


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