Mississippi Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers
Millions of Americans suffer from mental health problems. Mississippi has one of the highest rates of mental health problems in the nation. Understanding the prevalence of mental illness in Mississippi as well as the relationships between mental health and substance abuse is essential for those seeking treatment services.
Prevalence of Mental Health Problems in Mississippi
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mississippi was tied with West Virginia for the highest rate of major depressive disorders among its residents, with 13.7 percent of people reporting that they were currently depressed. Depression is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, changes in sleep and appetite, and loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities. Depressed mood has a profound effect on all aspects of life, from family relationships to work productivity, often causing the use of drugs or alcohol as coping mechanisms.
In addition to depression, 13.1 percent of Mississippi residents have received a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder at some point in their life. Anxiety disorders may range from generalized worry in many aspects of life to frequent, unexpected panic attacks that cause significant distress and impairment. Over time, anxiety takes its toll on physical health as well as mental well-being.
Rates of serious mental health problems, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, also remain high in Mississippi. These conditions are characterized by hallucinations, delusions, major mood swings, and erratic behavior. Treatment for these serious mental health conditions often requires medication, counseling, and frequent check-ins with a medical professional. Effectively managing mental health problems is important to achieving the stability needed to achieve recovery from substance abuse.
What Does “Dual Diagnosis” Mean?
A “dual diagnosis” refers to a situation in which a person has one (or more) mental health problems with co-occurring substance abuse issues. For example, a person suffering from major depressive disorder who has been abusing cocaine for six months would be considered a dual diagnosis patient.
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Dual diagnosis is very common, affecting an estimated 8.7 million Americans, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Most of these individuals suffer from depression or anxiety disorders, which represent the most common mental health problems. However, rates of substance abuse are especially high in people with serious mental health problems such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Although the exact causes of this relationship are unclear, it appears that serious mental health issues increase likelihood of drug use, while those who use drugs are at increased risk of developing a serious mental illness.
In substance abuse treatment, careful assessment of co-occurring mental health issues is of paramount importance. Treatment professionals use a different approach for dual diagnosed patients, because having a co-occurring mental health problem places a person at increased risk of relapse. Taking a two-pronged approach that addresses the mental health issues and substance abuse problems simultaneously appears to be most effective in treatment of dual diagnosed patients.