Mental Health Diagnosis & Treatment
Co-occurring mental health issues
At Enterhealth, we know that addiction does not live in isolation. Our extensive experience healing addictions has revealed that most people diagnosed with a substance use disorder also suffer from a co-occurring mental health or behavioral disorder. This is known as a dual diagnosis. And often, it is the underlying mental health issues that result in the addiction as a way of self-medicating. When there is a dual diagnosis, it is important that the patient enroll in a treatment program that addresses both problems at the same time. Why? The untreated symptoms of a mental health disorder can make it difficult for the patient to remain clean and sober, and untreated substance abuse issues can make mental health treatment ineffective. In order to achieve and maintain lasting recovery, a truly integrated treatment approach is required.
Mental health assessment and treatment
Enterhealth’s dual diagnosis capabilities provide us greater insight into these cause-and-effect relationships. Our team of MDs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and Master’s level therapists work in tandem to diagnose and treat mental health disorders, including:
- Major depression: Persistent and uncontrollable depression that can lead to loss of interest in activities and cause significant impairment to daily life.
- Anxiety: Feelings of worry or fear that persist and intensify over time and can cause problems in social, family and work life.
- Bipolar: Characterized by severe mood swings, including severe emotional highs and lows that can impact everyday life.
- Personality disorders: A rigid and unhealthy pattern of thinking, functioning and behaving that often results in trouble perceiving and relating to people and situations.
- Psychosis: A disorder characterized by a disconnect from reality that can include hallucinations and delusional thoughts.
- Sleep disorders: A variety of disorders that cause disruption to sleep patterns or habits and negatively affect health and well-being.
- Suicidal/Homicidal thoughts: Hopelessness characterized by the desire to harm someone or inflict self-harm
- PTSD/Traumatic experiences: Difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Could last months or years, with memory triggers and intense emotional and physical reactions.
- Eating disorders, including weight-loss surgery patients: Complex mental issues characterized by an unhealthy obsession over food, weight and eating behaviors.
Symptoms of a co-occurring mental health issue
The signs of mental health issues can vary greatly by individual and often depend on the severity of an individual’s co-occurring condition and the type of substance abused.
Signs & symptoms to look for:
- Feeling a void from lack of social connection, work or family issues, general boredom
- Sleeping too much, having trouble sleeping or switching sleep cycles from night to day
- Racing thoughts, problems with concentration, memory or ability to think clearly
- Changes in eating – loss of appetite or overeating
- Irritability, restlessness or short temper
- Sensitivity to sound, sight, smell or touch
- Feeling overly worried, sad, empty, hopeless or worthless
- Not being able to complete tasks at home, work or school
- Isolating from others, disconnection and loss of interest in things that were once enjoyed
- Evidence of abusing alcohol or drugs in an effort to self-medicate their symptoms
If you or a family member are showing signs of a mental illness and substance use disorder, Enterhealth can help. Our staff of addiction psychiatrists and therapists are specifically trained to treat and help heal dual diagnosis patients.