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 time. Common dual diagnosis disorders include alcoholism and depression, or cocaine addiction and anxiety. Our professionals at Excel Behavioral Health can treat dual diagnosis disorders.

Signs of a Dual Diagnosis

It’s important to understand and identify signs of dual diagnosis disorders. The signs of a dual diagnosis vary from person to person, depending on the substances and mental illness at hand. There are some common behavioral changes that may be indicative of a teen dual diagnosis disorder. These includes:

  1. Major Mood and Personality Changes.

    When a teenager changes their entire demeanor or personality, a dual diagnosis may be at hand. Mental illnesses occur due to many factors, such as chemical imbalances or trauma. If your teen is having major mood and/or personality changes, a mental illness may be the cause.

  2. Regression in Responsibility Development.

    All teens are irresponsible to some degree, but their responsibility should improve as time goes on. If your teen is starting to fail at taking care of all their responsibilities, they may be dealing with addiction or a mental health problem.

  3. New, Odd Friends.

    Your teenager’s friend group can reveal a lot about their current interests or activities. If your teen is now spending time with other teens who are using, or older adults as well, there is a problem at hand.

  4. Constant Exhaustion or Tired Appearance.

    Teens are notorious for losing out on vital sleep. But if your teen is so exhausted that they are facing issues at school, it’s time to explore the source of their exhaustion.

At Excel Behavioral Health, we are here to treat dual diagnosis and teen dual diagnosis disorders. Structure and support can go a long way when it comes to treating dual diagnosis disorders [1]. A structured therapeutic environment can help patients heal from the many facets of their dual diagnosis. A dedicated program for treating dual diagnosis can prove the most successful outcome for teens in need of help. In fact, studies show that patients receiving treatment at dedicated dual diagnosis facilities show higher rates of relief from symptoms, sobriety, and employment [2]. Contact our treatment professionals at Excel Behavioral Health today.


1- NCBI, 5 Strategies for Working with Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders

2- NCBI, Effectiveness of Treatment

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