Co-Occuring Disorders Treatment

Co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders are very common and oftentimes overlooked. It has been estimated that 37 percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness. Conversely, it has been estimated that 29 percent of all people diagnosed as mentally ill abuse either alcohol […]

Comorbidity: Addiction and Other Mental Disorders

Comorbidity: Addiction and Other Mental Disorders What Is Comorbidity? The term “comorbidity” describes two or more disorders or illnesses occurring in the same person. They can occur at the same time or one after the other. Comorbidity also implies interactions between the illnesses that can worsen the course of both. Is Drug Addiction a Mental […]

What is Bipolar?

What is Bipolar? Arturo C. Taca, Jr. MD Bipolar disorder has been one of the most challenging and frustrating psychiatric illnesses to diagnose and treat. Because of its different forms it may express itself, Bipolar can be mis-diagnosed as “regular” depression, anxiety, insomnia, personality disorder, and may also be the main factor why many persons […]

Mood Disorders and Addiction

Mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, are so tightly connected to addictive behaviors that it’s difficult to treat one alone and have success with the other. When the mood improves, the addiction can be managed more effectively and vice versa. This is the challenge of the addictionologist. To be a “Good” addictionologist, […]