Dual diagnosis in primary care. Detecting and treating both the addiction and mental illness
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Anxiety Disorders; Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity; Depressive Disorder; Diagnosis, Differential; Eating Disorders; Humans; *Mental Disorders; Personality Disorders; Primary Health Care; Psychotic Disorders; Somatoform Disorders; *Substance-Related Disorders; United States
The initial phase of treatment includes engaging the patient in a discussion about the doctor's concerns and providing patients with information about the problems as well as the possibility of change. Treatment of dual disorders often requires a heightened awareness of the consequences of the problem and the development of a realistic plan for change. The treatment plan must attempt to evaluate and treat the addiction and the psychiatric and medical illnesses.
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Citation: Med Clin North Am. 1997 Jul;81(4):1017-36.
Ziedonis, Douglas M. and Brady, Kathleen, "Dual diagnosis in primary care. Detecting and treating both the addiction and mental illness" (1997). Psychiatry Publications and Presentations. 172.