What do we mean by Dual Diagnosis
The relationship between drug and alcohol use and mental illness is complex. The term 'dual diagnosis' is often used to describe this, although it is recognised that it does not fully capture all of an individual’s needs.
Examples of people with dual diagnosis (a combination of mental health problems and substance use) could include; A dependent drinker who experiences increasing anxiety. An individual with Schizophrenia who uses cannabis on a daily basis to 'help with voices', an individual with Bipolar Disorder, whose occasional binge drinking and experimental use of drugs destabilises their mental health or a recreational user of 'dance drugs' who has begun to struggle with low mood after weekend use.
What does Dual Diagnosis mean?
- A term used for someone who has multiple difficulties
- A term used to describe combined mental health problems and substance use
- A disagreement between a service user and their doctor about diagnosis