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Dual Diagnosis presents a model that integrates theory and research from substance abuse and mental health as well as proposing simultaneous integrated treatment in a single setting. Building upon a solid theoretical and research foundation, the book discusses the unique problems and treatment methods tailored for specific mental illnesses when combined with substance abuse, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, major personality disorders, and anxiety disorders.

Assessment and Differential Diagnosis of Dual Disorders
Assessment and differential diagnosis of dual disorders

This chapter examines assessment issues for treatment providers of dually disordered clients. In the ideal setting, treatment providers should be members of a professional team of psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and rehabilitation specialists. Each member of the team establishes a genuine helping relationship with clients, collects data relative to his or her expertise vis-à-vis the client's strengths and barriers to achieving them, and organizes the information into a meaningful written evaluation of the client's status. All of the multidisciplinary evaluations are integrated into a comprehensive assessment. However, many treatment providers (e.g., those in rural settings) are responsible for collecting all of the data, evaluating the data, and writing assessments without the ...

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