Mental Health Diagnosis

In addition to finding the path toward wellness, after a diagnosis of alcohol and drug dependency, there’s often comorbid occurrence of other mental illness as well. Mental illness is prevalent in 30% of the patients exhibiting substance abuse and dependency. Other statistics:
Within the population 36.6% of individuals exhibiting alcohol abuse were afflicted with mental illness.
Another 53.1% of individuals with drug dependency exhibited signs of concurrent mental illness.
At Treatment Now, we meet you where you are in this stage of discovery and are prepared to take you through every step with sensitive support and understanding. You are not alone as the numbers above show. Many people who experience drug and alcohol dependency are unaware of any mental illness or the possibility of one. It is important that necessary detoxification occurs before any diagnosis is made as to any distinction of mental illness.

The Substance Dependent Brain

Any substance abuse alters the chemical makeup and function of the brain’s processes. Those who are abusing drugs and alcohol are wired differently in the way they prioritize their needs and desires. These substances cloud judgment and can mask any other comorbidity.

Process of Detox and Diagnosis

Once all alcohol and drugs are detoxed from the body, and sufficient time has passed, our highly qualified medical professionals can resume proper tests. Of these tests, are methods to diagnose the many possible DSM-IV criteria illnesses.

Because each illness such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety and OCD, can have similar indications, multiple tests will be administered. We take the time to move through each possible diagnosis with you so that all are made properly and with educated study.

Mental illness may not be the case with every individual, but we make sure to treat and discover as necessary for your success in finding the proper treatment methods.

Common Mental Health Illnesses and Conditions

Schizophrenia is a severe mental condition that occurs in only 1% of the population. Often people with Schizophrenia exhibit hallucinations, can hear voices and are inwardly drawn. People with Schizophrenia tend to have difficulty maintaining relationships or holding jobs. There are also physical attributes such as erratic movements where the person is unable to remain still, moving back and forth, tremors, etc. This illness is isolating and can be debilitating without the proper treatment.

Anxiety Disorder is a mental condition that can be classified into many subcategories and is often a widely felt disorder among people. The problem lies within the fact that this condition can be magnified and can feel overwhelming in performing every day tasks. It can also be difficult to interact with others, isolating the person. While anxiety is expected in every person in the world, this is beyond the everyday dose.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a behavioral condition that stems from severe anxiety. With OCD, the individual will experience fear and anxious feelings throughout the day that can become worse over time. In order to help relieve these constant feelings of fear and anxiety, counting, repeating and performing ritual tasks helps are performed. There are 25% of alcohol and drug users with this condition. Often those with OCD find themselves spending countless amounts of time performing these rituals and are unable to live full lives.

Depression is a serious condition that makes people feel alone and without options. Depression can change a person’s perception of the world around them, dulling experiences. Traumatic events such as money issues, relationship problems and others can lead to depression. Depression can alter thought processes and lead to life threatening thoughts. Depression can be treated with therapy and other options. This is also one of the most common disorders people with substance abuse exhibit.

Bipolar Disorder is a complex mood disorder and has many effects on a person. There are manic episodes that can lead to extreme agitation, sleeplessness and in some cases can be the exact opposite of high highs. The moods with bipolar symptoms are extreme on all levels. Since this is the case, substance abuse is used to numb these feelings. This disorder has high impact on the individual’s life and damages relationships.
Personality Disorder is a mental illness that can alter everything in an individual’s perception of the world inside them and that of others around them. This disorder is difficult because the person often finds their memories, thoughts and feelings to be other than their own.

Personality disorders have a multitude of variety and can make a person feel split and confused, causing their quality of life to be diminished. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious acquired disorder that is often onset by severe repeated traumatic situations. This causes the individual to reenact the trauma over and over again based on particular triggering situations. This is one of the old disorders that is acquired through life experience. Since this is a foreign disorder, the person can feel depressed, scared and isolated from the world outside of their trauma. This can be treated with methods other than alcohol and substance abuse. It can be managed and integration into a healthy lifestyle will begin again.

Alcohol and drug use are a way to escape from the harsh realities of these illnesses or conditions. But with the proper diagnoses and treatment methods they can be managed, and the individual can lead a healthier life, independent of drugs and alcohol use.

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