Pennsylvania Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers
Many individuals with a mental health disorder may find themselves turning to drugs or alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate. This practice is very dangerous and can lead to addiction or even overdose. Fortunately, Pennsylvania has several dual diagnosis treatment programs available for individuals struggling with a co-occurring mental illness and addiction.
As of 2008, more than 12 percent of the U.S. population had received a diagnosis of anxiety at some point in their lifetimes – up from 11.3 percent in 2006. Depression is also on the rise, with more than 16 percent of Americans having been diagnosed at some point in their lives. And nearly 4 percent of Americans report experiencing serious psychological distress as of 2009. All of this data points to one very obvious fact: mental health disorders are a real and prevalent problem affecting people all over the country.
For people with mental illness, just waking up each day can feel like an uphill battle. Many never get the help they need, instead turning to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. When substance abuse disorder co-occurs with mental illness and addiction, a person is said to have ‘dual diagnosis’ disorder – a condition that mandates professional treatment.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, dual diagnosis is believed to affect approximately 1 in 3 people with mental illnesses and 1 in 2 people with severe mental illness. Substance abuse always complicates an existing mental health disorder, and in some cases, it can even cause the onset of mental illness symptoms for the first time.
Unfortunately, the people of Pennsylvania are no different from the rest of the U.S.; they, too, struggle with an array of mental illnesses, ranging from mild to severe. Certain groups seem to be more prone to it than others, such as postpartum women. According to the Centers for Disease Control, exactly 12 percent of postpartum women in Pennsylvania show signs of depression after giving birth.
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The numbers are even higher for elderly adults over the age of 65 who live in nursing homes. More than 6 in 10 cope with at least one mental illness, such as dementia and depression. Many of these people also have underlying mental health disorders, whether they know it or not. Fortunately there are various treatment centers throughout Pennsylvania that are equipped to treat patients with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorder.