Dual Diagnosis\Co-Occurring Disorders
Synergy occurs when parts of a phenomenon interact to create a more forceful energy than each part separately can. Co-occurring disorders can be tragic examples of this. For instance, one’s depression may be manageable and not immediately dangerous, but can ‘combine forces’ with substance use to create psychosis or suicidality. The synergistic effects of co-occurring disorders
can be very specific—depending upon what type of mental health condition is present, how severe it is, what type of substances are used and how they are used. Symptoms of both, amplify and trigger the other, leading to complicated sets of symptoms that are difficult to diagnose and manage. It is not uncommon for psychiatric emergencies to occur when the two disorders are active. Mutual triggering can result in such clinical issues as depression, anxiety, panic, behavioral disorganization, hallucinations, delusions, mania, suicidality, anger, and aggression. Our inpatient center in Sedona focuses on providing alternative treatment options to those struggling with dual diagnosis.
Often Undiagnosed and Untreated
Unfortunately, people with co-occurring conditions not only suffer immensely, but encounter profound obstacles when seeking help. For example, their symptoms are often attributed to the wrong cause. Symptoms of addiction can look like other mental health conditions and the reverse is true as well. The result of this ‘symptom masquerade’ is that the true problem goes undiagnosed and untreated. Left unresolved, either ‘partner’ in a set of co-existing conditions will undermine efforts made to manage the other.