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42 What does the term "dual-diagnosis" mean?




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This article is from the Depression FAQ, by Cynthia Frazier with numerous contributions by others.

42 What does the term "dual-diagnosis" mean?

Dual-diagnosis is a phrase used to indicate the combination of substance abuse and a psychiatric disorder. A path to alcohol or other substance abuse is an attempt to self- medicate uncomfortable symptoms such as depression, anxiety, agitation or feelings of emptiness. The psychiatric disorders that cause such symptoms are often diagnosed in substance abusers.

 

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