What Is Dual Diagnosis?
A dual diagnosis is a condition in which a person experiences both a substance use disorder and a mental illness simultaneously. These co-occurring conditions are common among individuals affected by mental health disorders and generally require professional care to properly manage. While each type of condition may exist independently, the combination of a mental illness with drug or alcohol use can compound their short- and long-term effects, making it important to seek care from a provider who specializes in the treatment of dual diagnoses. Board certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, Dr. Julie Pittman along with our nurse practitioners are highly skilled in treating adults with dual diagnoses. If you or a family member are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition and engage in substance use, please contact Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery in Arlington, TX to arrange for a confidential appointment.
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"Never have any trouble having medical needs met and always show great care!! Easy getting in and treatment has change me for the better for 10 years now!!"- BJ / Office Visit / Jul 16, 2021
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How Is Dual Diagnosis Treated?
Certain factors can increase a person's risk for dual diagnosis conditions, including abuse or other types of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized stress, genetics, and early exposure to substance use. A converse relationship often exists between substance use disorder and mental health issues, meaning that substance use can contribute to the onset of mental illness and patients may use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate and relieve symptoms of a mental illness. After completing a thorough psychiatric diagnosis and assessment, our providers will discuss options for treating dual diagnosis conditions. This may include taking steps to cease substance use, behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, medications, or a combined, integrated approach.
Specialized Care for Co-Occurring conditions
Patients with a dual diagnosis may have a substance use disorder that involves drugs or alcohol combined with a mental health illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other conditions. Treating these disorders concurrently with specialized care is critical in achieving optimal outcomes. To learn more about dual diagnoses, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pittman or a member of our team, please contact our Arlington, TX office today. Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery is pleased to offer both in-person and telemedicine visits for new and existing patients.