This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). NAMI and their partners would like to use this time to educate the public about 5 common mental health conditions. Through education, greater heights of compassion can be reached among the general public. On NAMI’s list: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Dual Diagnosis, Schizophrenia & Psychosis. All treatable conditions.
Dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders as they’ve come to be called, is an important topic within our purview. At Immersion Recovery Center, we know that people with substance use disorders often struggle with other conditions. Take your pick. Mental illness, seemingly, begets mental illness. Addicts and alcoholics regularly struggle with symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar et. al. If addiction recovery is to become a reality, both the substance use disorder and dual-diagnosis must be treated simultaneously. Failure to do so results in poor outcomes in treating either condition.