Dual diagnosis does not essentially mean the co-occurrence of a mental illness and substance abuse: it extends much further. The term can also be used to define the compounding and “diagnostically-overshadowed” co-morbidity of mental illness and intellectual disability (ID).
Don’t Settle For a Life of Mental Illness and Addiction
A study conducted by researchers at Yale, Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine discovered genetic and behavioral links between problem gambling and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 10 percent of Americans suffer from depression. According to the reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, around 50 percent of individuals with severe mental disorders also struggle with substance abuse, whereas 37 percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent of drug abusers have at least one serious mental illness.
More and more kids with Down syndrome are being diagnosed with autism or autistic syndrome disorder (ASD). Autism Research 7 from the U.K. suggested that about 16 to 19 percent of children with Down syndrome also have ASD while some 8 to 9 percent have autism. Other researchers have deemed higher rates associated to this dual diagnosis.
According to the National Down Syndrome Society, one in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, deeming Down syndrome the most common genetic condition. Approximately 400,000 Americans have Down syndrome and about 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year. Read more
It is not entirely uncommon for some people to have both Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This means that such individuals experience a combination of inattention/hyperactivity of ADHD and the compulsions/obsessions of OCD. Read more