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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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Addictions and Mental Illness



Many people who are mentally ill are also addicted to drugs and alcohol. These are separate problems that require separate treatments, yet few people have been diagnosed correctly for both conditions. This program from The Doctor Is In profiles a woman who is manic-depressive and alcoholic, and a man with schizophrenia who is also alcoholic. Dr. Fred Goodwin, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, explains ongoing research that may help identify and treat adolescents before they begin to experience problems. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Production. (28 minutes)

Length: 29 minutes

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Copyright date: ©1994

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