Living with a mental illness can be isolating and overwhelming. Many people wonder if there is light at the end of the tunnel and if they’ll ever feel normal again. The good news is, help is out there and recovery is possible.
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It can be difficult to pinpoint when certain emotions or behaviors become unhealthy. For example, when does feeling “down” officially become depression? Harvard Medical School defines a mental illness as “a mental health condition that gets in the way of thinking, relating to others, and day-to-day function.”
Being sad after a break-up or having trouble sleeping the night before a job interview are normal responses to a stressful situation. It’s when these feelings and behaviors take over your life and have a negative impact that they become problematic. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma around having a mental health condition, and that can prevent people from seeking out treatment.
In the journey towards wellness, the most difficult step is often the first one: asking for help. It’s time to consider treatment for a mental illness when a person is experiencing:
Oftentimes, a person with a mental illness will also be misusing drugs or alcohol. Signs of a substance abuse disorder include:
It is brave for a person to admit that they have a problem and need help. Some people seek help for a mental illness by first speaking with their primary care doctor. Others will seek help from a specialized mental health facility. The important thing is for a person to do what feels right and comfortable for them.
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There is a strong link between mental health disorders and addiction. The two are often co-occurring disorders. The definition of co-occurring disorders is when a person experiences two or more disorders at the same time. Co-occurring disorder is a broad term and can refer to any mental and/or physical disorders. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):
It is often difficult to determine which disorder occurred first. And having two disorders does not necessarily mean that one caused the other.
Unfortunately, many people don’t get the comprehensive treatment they need. Only 9.1% of people with co-occurring disorders receive treatment for both their mental illness and their substance abuse.
The terms “co-occurring disorder” and “dual diagnosis” are often used interchangeably, but they do mean two slightly different things. While co-occurring disorders can include any physical or mental conditions, the definition for dual diagnosis is more specific. Dual diagnosis refers to someone who is diagnosed with a mental illness or illnesses and a substance use disorder.
When a person experiences a mental health disorder and substance abuse at the same time, a co-occurring disorder and dual diagnosis treatment program is often the best option. Mental health and substance abuse are intertwined. Without addressing one condition, you cannot treat the other.
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To find a mental health treatment center or dual diagnosis treatment center in your area, you can search our nationwide directory. Treatment can be highly specialized, so it’s important that a person finds a center that meets their needs, goals, and lifestyle.
In a study released by NIDA, people who wanted to receive dual diagnosis treatment but were unable to encountered the following barriers:
Every day, people seek out confidential and voluntary treatment for their dual diagnosis. Being proactive and seeking treatment before disorders escalate gives you the ability to choose when, where, and how you receive treatment. While having a mental illness or substance abuse disorder is nothing to be ashamed, some people do value their privacy. No one has to know you are in treatment unless you decide to share that information with them.
It’s important to receive care in an environment that’s right for you. You can use our national directory to search for treatment centers and programs that are:
Finding the right treatment facility is important for a successful recovery.