Two Separate Problems (05:33)
Many sufferers of drug or alcohol addiction may have a mental illness and not be aware of it. Self-medication accounts for a higher incidence of addiction among sufferers of mental illnesses in comparison to those without.
Dual Diagnosis: Manic Depression and Addiction (04:48)
When people use drugs or alcohol to deal with a mental illness they often become addicted. Support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous can help deal with addiction but further treatment and/or medication may be needed to treat mental illness.
Schizophrenia and Addiction (04:47)
Drug and alcohol abuse complicates the symptoms of mental illness. A patient with schizophrenia receives specialized treatment in order to treat his addictions within the parameters of his mental illness.
Preventing Early Onset Alcoholism (03:25)
The National Institute of Mental Health conducts research that may help prevent early onset alcoholism by using medications such as Prozac to stabilize serotonin levels in the brain.
Treatment Methods: Medication Options (04:31)
Biological and social influences play a role in a person's predisposition towards mental illnesses or addictions. People coping with dual diagnosis of mental illness and addiction can benefit from a combination of medication, therapy, and support.
Recovery From Dual Diagnosis (01:50)
Recovery is possible for people with dual diagnosis. New serotonin altering drugs, such as Prozac, can help deal with biological problems while effective treatment programs continue to improve through on-going research.
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