Mental illness can be difficult to treat and can impair a person’s functionality if not properly diagnosed. This is especially true when patients are struggling with two or more mental disorders at the same time. When this happens, it is called a co-occurring condition. (Similarly, multiple physical health issues often occur discovered at the same time.) Some examples of co-occurring conditions include a person who is depressed and also misuses alcohol or a patient with an eating disorder who also suffers from bipolar disorder.
Co-occurring conditions are common, yet complex. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for having two or more disorders, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) . The good news is that effective diagnostics and compassionate care are available. Often, patients are aware that they need help for an addiction or mental illness, but do not realize that another mental disorder may be the root cause or may be exacerbating symptoms or behaviors. The clinicians at Lindner Center of HOPE specialize in peeling back the layers of co-occurring conditions. They use a combination of established protocols and current research to reveal underlying causes. These proven techniques help them truly understand the complex nature of co-occurring conditions, recommend the appropriate level of care, and create a tailored treatment plan. When designing a treatment plan, the team also considers the type of disorders as well as the progression and severity of the illnesses.
Research has shown that treating two or more conditions at the same time by a multidisciplinary team is the most effective treatment approach. That’s why Lindner Center of HOPE provides patients with a range of integrated care – from acute crisis intervention to less intensive maintenance and wellness visits – all under one roof.
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