Dual Diagnosis

Painkillers and Bipolar Disorder

Painkillers and Bipolar Disorder

Mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder, are closely linked to substance abuse disorders [1]. When a mental health disorder exists alongside a substance abuse disorder, this is known as a comorbid disorder or a dual diagnosis. Treading dual diagnosis disorders requires an expert approach for effective solutions. At Excel Behavioral Health, we offer the right treatments for these challenges. Some…

Signs Your Teen is Struggling with a Dual Diagnosis Disorder

Signs Your Teen is Struggling with a Dual Diagnosis Disorder

Teens are moody in their own right, but sometimes psychological or substance abuse disorders result in erratic behavior. At Excel Behavioral Health, we specialize in treating dual diagnosis disorders for young adults, teens, and adults. A dual diagnosis, also known as a co-occurring disorder, is present when an individual is dealing with substance abuse and psychological disorders at the same…

How Alcoholism Feeds into Depression

How Alcoholism Feeds into Depression

Depression and substance abuse are often interlinked, with common challenges overlapping in people’s lives. But, alcohol hinders successful treatment of depression [1], and depression can fuel further alcoholism. It is one problem fueling another, and treatment needs to address both issues. At Excel Behavioral Health, we can help address depression, alcoholism, and other comorbid disorders. The professionals at our Florida…

Does Addiction Cause Mental Illness: Chicken or Egg?

Does Addiction Cause Mental Illness: Chicken or Egg?

The relationship between mental illness and substance abuse is real. It is also a little complicated. We cannot unpack the entire relationship in one blog, but it’s a common question whether substance abuse causes mental illness or if a preexisting mental illness leads to substance abuse. People in dual diagnosis treatment centers usually have a question burning in the back…

Are All Addicts Suffering from Dual Diagnosis? – Addiction & Mental Illness

Are All Addicts Suffering from Dual Diagnosis? – Addiction & Mental Illness

There are specific dual diagnosis treatment centers that specialize in the treatment of co-occurring disorders. These facilities are equipped and staffed to deal with individuals who suffer from severe addiction and mental illness. Is drug addiction a mental illness? Yes. It’s important to note that drug addiction is classified as a mental illness because: “addiction changes the brain in fundamental…

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