Correctly identifying co-occurring conditions can be challenging. Often psychiatric symptoms can be masked by alcohol or drugs. Professionals recognized for their leadership in identifying and treating co-occurring conditions at Lindner Center of HOPE conduct an initial diagnostic assessment that establishes solid groundwork for progressive therapies and treatment.
Individuals with co-occurring conditions suffer from an addiction and a mental illness or two or more mental illnesses at the same time. An addictive disorder occurs when the use of a substance—such as alcohol or drugs—or a behavior – such as excessive gambling, shopping or gaming—causes significant problems in a person’s life. A mental illness may include mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder), anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or another mental illness.
Although symptoms of co-occurring conditions can vary greatly, the following are possible signs:
- Feeling of helplessness or hopelessness
- Isolation, social withdrawal, loss of interest in daily activities
- Inability to experience pleasure
- Extreme appetite, weight or sleep changes
- Family problems
- Financial problems or problems at school or work
- High risk behaviors especially while driving and incarcerated
- Multiple admissions to hospitals or mental health treatment centers
- Increased number of visits to the emergency room or physician for medical care
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