Dual diagnosis occurs when a person has two co-occurring disorders at the same time. This affects millions of people each year. If you have a dual diagnosis, it’s important that you seek as soon as possible to begin treatment. Dual diagnoses can involve a variety of symptoms which can make it difficult to actively participate in life activities related to navigating personal relationships, maintaining a professional career path, pursuing hobbies, and carrying out regular day-to-day activities. Since there are specific challenges associated with having two disorders at once, it makes it incredibly important to seek help so that symptoms do not worsen over time.
What Are the Treatment Options?
Unfortunately, both bipolar disorder (BPD) and ADHD can become misdiagnosed if the right details are not provided. Bipolar disorder often involves symptoms of mania and/or depression. ADHD symptoms include aggression, excitability, hyperactivity, impulsivity, absent-mindedness, and others. Treating both BPD and ADHD could involve a number of strategies, such as:
- Medication: certain medications could make it easier for a person to complete daily tasks and could also help them with critical thinking and less emotional reactivity. Of course, each person may react to medications differently so it’s important to speak with a doctor about this.
- Psychotherapy: individual therapy may involve individual one-on-one therapy and a variety of other techniques. Group therapy can also be beneficial since a person can learn more about others and what they go through as well.
- Holistic activities: whether it’s yoga, meditation, mindfulness, art therapy, or something similar, holistic exercises can be great for those with dual diagnosis as they provide ample opportunities for a person to connect with their mind, body, and spirit.
Dual diagnosis is treatable. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from Alta Loma to learn more about a program that would suit your needs. Recovery is right around the corner and you can seek this by calling a professional from Alta Loma to get started. Alta Loma is a world-renowned, Texas state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center exclusively for men with ranch style housing located in a peaceful, remote area. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at (866) 457-3843 for a consultation.