Someone who suffers from both a mental health illness and an addiction (whether substance or activity) is considered to have a concurrent disorder. For example, someone suffering from both schizophrenia and an opioid addiction, someone with clinical depression and alcoholism, or someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder and an addiction to gambling would all be considered to have a concurrent disorder.
Concurrent disorders cause unique problems in diagnosing and treating. The symptoms of one problem can mask, mimic or exacerbate the symptoms of the other. For example, the depression and manic states of bipolar disorder may appear similar to the effects of alcohol abuse and vice versa.
The symptoms and signs for a concurrent disorder are different from person to person, depending on the particular addiction and mental health issue.
Learn more about ASYR’s Concurrent Disorder Program.