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 individuals 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. A recreational user of 'dance drugs' who has begun to struggle with low mood after weekend use.
What do we mean by dual diagnosis ?
- A disagreement between a service user and their doctor about diagnosis
- A term used to describe combined mental health problems and substance use
- A term used for someone who has multiple difficulties