When a person is evaluated for the possibility of a mental disorder, a number of key symptoms must manifest in order to make a clean and clear diagnosis. The clinician or mental health professional’s expertise as well as the guiding criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) both contribute to an accurate identification of one’s mental issue. However, what happens when the symptoms don’t define a certain mental condition? Read more
The California Dual Diagnosis Helpline is committed to helping those who struggle with drug addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders find treatment. These resources will provide readers with articles and up to date reports on issues regarding drug addiction, mental illness, treatment programs and more. Check back often for new and exciting material.
It is not a secret that the modern world is rapidly advancing through the development of various technological systems and devices. Now more than ever, the interconnectivity between countless individuals has been reaching unprecedented peaks of speed and convenience. Furthermore, these virtually instantaneous connections create an environment where experts of various disciplines can easily innovate within their respective fields. One particular field that needs to take more monumental steps towards innovation is mental health diagnosis and treatment. Read more
When dealing with a drug addiction or mental disorder, a person often reports an overwhelming loss of control in various sectors of life. Thoughts can begin racing off in different directions, emotions can swing widely in unpredictable trajectories and behaviors can become uncontrollable.
Even after seeking help and surviving a harmful relationship with an illicit substance, regaining control of activities that should be naturally instinctive can be the most difficult part to process. It’s important to consider that while someone in recovery may not be able to master his or her internal thoughts, emotions or behavior, there are still many ways to feel in control of one’s life. One example is influencing one’s external environment. Read more
If you or a loved one has an issue with addiction, your problem may extend further than substance abuse. Please call us for help on this matter and we will give you guidance on how to treat this problem.
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