Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment


What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Co-occurring disorders are when an individual experiences multiple mental illnesses at the same time. Individuals who experience mental health conditions may turn to social isolation as a means to alleviate their emotional pain. In many instances, coping mechanisms are used by people as a form of self-medication in an effort to manage or improve their mental health symptoms.

Common mental health disorders include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. Research shows that various factors worsen the symptoms of mental illness.

Millions of Americans have multiple mental health disorders. Having two disorders at the same time is also known as “comorbidity,” and it can make treating each mental health disorder within a dual diagnosis more difficult.

Factors That Can Aggravate Mental Health Conditions

  • Brain Responses: Other conditions can elicit symptoms that appear to be a mental illness. For example, excessive marijuana use can give rise to psychosis in some individuals, which is a severe mental disorder that causes a person to lose touch with reality.
  • Genetics: Having a family history, or the genetic predisposition for mental illness, can put individuals at a higher risk for developing a mental disorder themselves. Research even shows that genes make up 40% to 60% of a person’s susceptibility to developing problematic behavior.
  • Environmental Triggers: Chronic stress, persistent anxiety, or a traumatic event can trigger an onset of a mental disorder.

Symptoms of Dual Diagnosis

The symptoms of a dual diagnosis can vary widely due to the endless combinations of co-occurring disorders that can be present. Mental health clinics have begun using screening tools to help with identifying people who are at risk of developing dual diagnoses, as well as, any underlying factors that could be contributing to their worsening conditions. This will allow for an accurate diagnosis, and help with getting to the root problem of a dual diagnosis quicker. This, in turn, results in optimal treatment protocols.

Some symptoms of a mental disorder may include:

  • Isolation or withdrawal from family and friends
  • Changes in behavior that are sudden
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Changes in patterns of thinking
  • Wanting to be in dangerous situations
  • Involvement in risky behavior
  • Loss of control
  • Having a high tolerance and withdrawal symptoms

The symptoms of a mental health condition can also vary. Some warning signs to look for are:

  • Extreme changes in mood
  • Confusion or problems concentrating
  • Avoidance of friends and social situations and activities
  • Suicidal thoughts

These signs and symptoms may be a definite warning to seek help.

Treatment of Mental Illness

Treating a dual diagnosis can be difficult because it is complicated to try to determine the cause of certain symptoms. For example, if a patient has a co-occurring disorder that’s made out of a mental illness and some other type of illness, there is no way to say whether the mental illness is the root cause of the problem.

People with dual diagnoses are seen as high-risk patients. Battling a mental illness comes with its own list of difficulties. But, when there are underlying conditions for an illness, this makes patients be more violent and heightens the chances that they may commit suicide. 

The best treatment for a co-occurring disorder is an integrated intervention in which a person receives care for his or her mental health disorder, as well as any underlying factors that may be contributing to the development of the disorder. Proper evaluations and treatment plans combined with assessing the presence or absence of a mental health disorder are crucial to long-term co-occurring disorder treatment success.

It’s important to choose a mental health provider that is qualified when receiving dual diagnosis treatment in California. An individual and his or her chosen treatment provider should have a mutual understanding of the ways each condition within a dual diagnosis can affect the other.

Discussions on how effective dual diagnosis treatment in California or whatever other location one resides in can be should occur. Treatment planning and strategies for dual diagnoses are not streamlined and will differ from patient to patient.

Common Dual Diagnosis Treatment in California:

At Montare Behavioral Health, we utilize a wide variety of therapeutic approaches and evidence-based treatment modalities when treating dual diagnoses. Some of these therapeutic approaches and evidence-based treatment modalities include:

Additional Treatment Elements for Dual Diagnoses Include:

  • Daily Individual therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Neurofeedback
  • Neuropsychological diagnostic testing
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Yoga
  • Recreational therapy
  • Holistic Therapies
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma therapy

What is A Dual Diagnosis Residential Treatment Program?

In a dual diagnosis residential treatment program, clients engage in comprehensive, individualized treatment programs focused on addressing the unique needs of the individual. Research shows that treating both disorders within a dual diagnosis at the same time leads to much better outcomes. Individuals can receive dual diagnosis treatment in California that is residential and have a primary mental health disorder or a psychiatric diagnosis such as major depression, anxiety disorder, or bipolar disorder. In the past, these individuals may have tried to treat their co-occurring disorders individually but did not have much success.

For those individuals who are in need of dual-diagnosis treatment in California, Montare Behavioral Health is here to help. We are a mental health residential treatment facility that can treat dual-diagnosis clients with a primary mental health disorder.

At Montare Behavioral Health, we can help you restore a sense of control over your life. Contact us today to learn more about how Montare Behavioral Health can help you receive quality dual diagnosis treatment in California.