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Dual diagnosis common issue

June 2, 2012
By Miriam Keith , The Marietta Times

Individuals with both psychiatric and addiction problems are referred to as having a dual diagnosis. This diagnosis is quite common. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 37 percent of those who abuse alcohol and 53 percent of those who abuse other drugs have at least one serious mental illness, most commonly depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and personality disorders. In addition, 29 percent of individuals diagnosed with a mental illness abuse alcohol or other drugs.



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