North Carolina Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers
Many individuals who have a mental illness may not even realize it as they often go undiagnosed. These underlying afflictions are often what causes an individual to seek the effects of drugs and alcohol. Fortunately, North Carolina has a variety of dual diagnosis treatment facilities to help treat all aspects of addiction in an individual.
Mental health disorders are a very real problem that millions of people face or have faced at some point in their lives. At the top of the list are anxiety and depression, both of which often go undiagnosed. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 12 percent of Americans receive a diagnosis of anxiety during their lifetimes, and more than 16 percent have been diagnosed with depression. Another 4 percent of the U.S. population are estimated to experience serious psychological distress, with women and people ages 25 – 55 most susceptible.
Certain people groups are especially vulnerable to mental health disorders, such as postpartum women and people in nursing homes. In fact, the CDC reports that among postpartum women in North Carolina, 10 percent experienced self-reported feelings of depression or hopelessness. Another 9.2 percent felt they were not depressed, yet still had little interest or pleasure in doing things. The numbers are even higher for nursing home residents over age 65. More than 67 percent are reported to experience at least one adult mental illness, such as Alzheimer Disease, dementia, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Unfortunately for many, mental illness is not the only problem. Dual-diagnosis is a very common condition in which patients experience co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Though both can exist independently of each other, mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders often go hand-in-hand. For some, drugs and alcohol become a form of self-medication, though they can actually worsen an underlying illness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, substance abuse always worsens the prognosis of a person with mental illness, which is why it is so important to seek treatment as soon as possible from a qualified dual diagnosis treatment center.
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