How Can You Find Out If You Have A Dual-Diagnosis?
Getting a dual-diagnosis can sometimes be challenging because you need to meet the criteria for a mental health disorder as well as being recognized as someone struggling with addiction. Your mental-health disorder needs to be listed in the current version of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for it to be classified and recognized for the purposes of treatment. The DSM offers the primary guidelines for how to treat patients with mental-health disorders.
Any qualified professional can help diagnose you. That could be a therapist, psychologist, physician, or psychiatrist. This diagnosis can be a major relief to some patients, particularly those who have struggled with an unknown illness for a long period of time.
If you’ve struggled with hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, flashbacks to traumatic events, severe mood swings, and other concerns, it’s important that you speak to a medical professional, so you can get the right diagnosis. You may need to be evaluated by an addiction specialist and mental health professional to get the diagnosis, but once it’s done, you’ll be able to get the right treatment to help you with both conditions simultaneously.
Sometimes the addiction masks the symptoms of the co-existing condition and so there are certain times when it will not be apparent that there is more to the problem than just addiction, until after the person has been sober for a little while. This is one of the great benefits of attending a dual-diagnosis program because since you are in a safe and drug-free environment, you will be able to get the help you need if and when any co-existing condition is made apparent.
Symptoms of Mental-Health Disorders
The symptoms that correlate with a mental-health disorder are as numerous as the disorders themselves. Some conditions have overlapping symptoms and a diagnosis can be difficult, while others make themselves apparent through their symptoms.
While not a complete list by any means, below is a list of common symptoms of people who may have a mental-health disorder:
What Is Dual-Diagnosis Treatment?
Dual-diagnosis treatments treat the patient for all the coexisting disorders or diseases he or she has, including addiction and any mental health conditions.There are sometimes when a person also has other physical health problems and during the course of a dual-diagnosis treatment, they will be address as well.
One of the first steps in dual-diagnosis is getting the proper diagnosis for the person. This is usually done during the first couple of days or weeks of treatment, where the person will meet with psychiatrists and other trained professionals in order to see if there is an underlying condition besides addiction.
If it is found that there is a dual-diagnosis, then they will be given the proper medication, if necessary, and a greater level of psychotherapy, in order to help address the problem.
This is all done while the person continues to participate in the regular substance abuse programming and having this heightened level of care can often times make a world of difference for people who have suffered from an addiction and a mental health concern for years.
Just because a person has a dual-diagnosis does not meant that getting help for their addiction has to be impossible. In fact when it is properly addressed they should have the same chances at recovery as a person who only suffers from an addiction.
Seeking a Dual-Diagnosis Program That Is Right For You
If you think that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol and believe that you may have an underlying mental or physical health condition that is making it worse, then call the professionals at Elevations Health Austin today, at 1-866-200-3224. Our trained staff is acutely aware of the needs of a person who has a dual-diagnosis and they can help you through the recovery process, giving you the tools you need in order to discover and maintain a life of recovery. You no longer have suffer alone in your addiction or your mental health concerns, so give us a call today.