Treating Concurrent Disorders Essay

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Mental health is being aware, accepting yourself, and striking a balance in all aspects of your life like social, spiritual, physical, economical, and mental (Association, 2001). Mental health can be described as our positive interactions with the context and events in our life, and having the ability to cope with life’s stressors. Mental health problems can begin at anytime during your life (CAMH, 2010). In fact anything can make it difficult for an individual’s ability to interact effectively, and may lead into a mental health problem (Association, 2001). People with a psychosis have difficulty dealing with day to day. Living in poverty or an abusive environment places serious strain on an individual’s mental health (Association,…show more content…
Some effects that tend to arise with concurrent disorders include disruptive behaviour, severe psychiatric symptoms such as depression, even suicidal feelings.
Research suggests that individuals who have a mental illness are more likely to struggle with addiction, and those who struggle with addiction are more likely to develop a mental illness.
For example, an individual who is an alcoholic and suffering with chronic depression has a concurrent disorder, or a person who is schizophrenic who also abuses cannabis; they to, have a concurrent disorder (Network, 2008; Association C. M.). Other combinations include anxiety disorder and a drinking problem, mood disorder and a crack cocaine problem, even depression and the misuse of sleeping pills (Network, 2008).
Studies from the 1980’s and 1990’s found that 50-75% of substance abuse client’s had some type of co-occurring mental illness, and 20-50% of mental illness client’s had co-occurring substance abuse disorder (David Capuzzi, 2008, p. 174). Besides its relationship to mental illness, substance abuse was found to drastically complicate treatment outcomes for those with a mental illness (David Capuzzi, 2008, p. 174). The more that is learned about concurrent disorders, the more it is expected that substance abuse and mental health occur together. However people who have a concurrent disorder are sometimes misidentified, because
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