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Common Co-Occurring Disorders for Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex psychiatric condition that co-occurring substance abuse and other mental health disorders can intensify. The added challenges of addiction and other mental illness may worsen BPD symptoms or the symptoms of the co-occurring disorder. 

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Integrated Treatment for Dual Diagnosis

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Dual Diagnosis: Why Integrated Treatment Is the Gold Standard

Many people use substances to cope with, or “self-medicate,” difficult feelings. Unfortunately, using alcohol or drugs to relieve negative feelings can actually prolong them or cause them to recur. This is because alcohol and certain other drugs affect the central nervous system as a depressant, exacerbating symptoms of sadness and fatigue, leading to a vicious cycle.

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Common Co-Occurring Disorders

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Most Common Co-Occurring Disorders

Although mental health disorders and substance use disorders are different from one another, they often coexist together. Many individuals who struggle with problems like stress or depression often resort to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism. On the other hand, individuals who have drug and alcohol dependency issues can suffer from severely damaged mental health as a result of substance abuse. Some of these disorders have tendencies to occur together.

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Bulimia and Substance Abuse

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Bulimic Women Often Abuse Alcohol Due to Genetics, Study Finds

New findings from a team of American scientists point to underlying genetic factors as a probable explanation for co-occurring symptoms of bulimia and alcohol abuse/alcoholism in Caucasian-American and African-American women.

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Dual Diagnosis: Understanding Sex Addiction With Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder manifests itself in one college student’s “need” to sexually expose himself on campus.

Marty was diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder in the spring of his junior year in college. The symptoms had emerged during adolescence, but it wasn’t until a particularly startling manic episode that Marty’s doctor knew his depression was more than unipolar (i.e., clinical depression by itself). The gifted art student had painted his naked body in elaborate geometric patterns and shown up at the fountain in front of his university’s grand administrative building during the middle of a sunny afternoon. He proceeded to dramatically quote Michel Foucault’s Madness and Civilization, even as he was carried away by campus security.

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Study Takes New Look at Alcohol and Depression

The link between alcohol and depression has long been known, but there has been much disagreement about whether alcoholism causes depression or vice-versa. The relationship between the two is alluded to by several facts, including that around one third of people who suffer from major depression also have a problem with alcoholism and that teens or children who suffer from depression are more likely to develop an alcohol problem.

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Ending the Nightmare of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The symptoms of PTSD are painful and terrifying. Whether the original traumatic event was a single horrible incident (a natural disaster or a car accident, for example) or a daily life colored by chronic trauma (domestic violence or living in a war zone), when a person develops PTSD, the suffering is profound. Medications may be prescribed depending upon which symptoms present most intensely, but often they are only mildly effective. The terrible thoughts, feelings, memories and flashbacks feel inescapable and the torment feels as if it is unending. As bad as whatever it was that you initially went through, even worse is the experience of being unable to end the nightmare and having to relive it over and over again.

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ERP Therapy: Simultaneous Treatment for Eating Disorders, OCD

Roughly 11 percent to 13 percent of people who receive a diagnosis for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) also meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge-eating disorder. According to the results of a study published in 2013 in the journal Cognitive Behavior Therapy, people simultaneously affected by an eating disorder and OCD receive significant benefit from treatment with a form of psychotherapy called exposure and response prevention or ERP. ERP belongs to a larger group of psychotherapeutic techniques collectively labeled as cognitive behavioral therapy.

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Gambling Addiction Often Co-Occurs With Other Disorders

Oftentimes, when a person shows symptoms of an addiction to something, there are other problems at play in their mind. For the addiction to be treated, the other disorders also need to be addressed.

A webinar that focused on how to counsel the pathological gambler revealed other disorders that often co-exist with a gambling addiction. Dr. Jon Grant, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago and supervisor of an outpatient clinic for those with addictive-impulsive disorder, discussed other mental health disorders and other addictions that are associated with gambling addictions and offered ideas on how to treat those individuals.

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Evaluating the Role of Alcohol Use Disorder in Depression

The risk of having a co-morbid mental disorder is higher among those who have a substance use disorder such as an alcohol addiction. While there are various factors that lead to the development of an alcohol use disorder, there have been many studies that focus on the presence of alcohol use disorders in those who are diagnosed with depression.

Recently, researchers led by Marc A. Schuckit of Rutgers University in New Jersey examined the relationship between alcohol use disorders. The research was unique in its approach, distinguishing between the role alcohol plays in both short-term, temporary major depressive episodes and those that are longer and ongoing.

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