Minnesota Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers
Many people with a mental health disorder turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate. Individuals with a substance use disorder as well as a diagnosed mental illness have what is called a dual-diagnosis and should seek treatment. Fortunately, Minnesota has several rehab facilities that specialize in the treatment of those with a dual-diagnosis.
People who struggle with mental illness often do so silently, never seeking help or even receiving a diagnosis. Those who do, have the option to pursue treatment to help them learn how to manage their disorders and live as normal a life as possible.
Some people are especially prone to mental illness, such as people who reside in nursing homes. The Centers for Disease Control report that 67 percent of all nursing home patients over age 65 have at least one mental health disorder, with dementia and mood disorders most common among them. Postpartum women are another high-risk group, with nearly 10 percent of women in Minnesota self-reporting feelings of depression, hopelessness, or little interest or pleasure doing things.
Though some groups are more likely to develop mental disorders than others, anyone can experience mental illness. In Minnesota, the CDC reports more than 14.4 percent of adults having received a diagnosis of depression in their lifetimes. Another mental illness – anxiety disorder – has affected or continues to affect more than 10 percent in the state. And 2.7 percent of Minnesota residents report experiencing serious psychological distress of some kind.
These numbers account for people who have or previously had a mental illness, but it does not tell the silent story that many of them know all too well: Addiction. Mental health disorders and substance abuse often occur simultaneously – often when people with anxiety, depression and other disorders attempt to self-medicate instead of seeking professional treatment. When substance abuse disorder is co-occurring with mental illness, patients are said to have a dual diagnosis and should seek treatment as soon as possible.
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