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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.

Depression and Substance-Related Disorders
Depression and substance-related disorders

This chapter deals with substance abuse and two mood disorders: major depressive disorder and dysthymic disorder. These disorders are in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) chapter on mood disorders (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 1994). The term mood refers to a prolonged emotional state that colors the whole of a person's life. A mood disorder is a pathological elevation or disturbance of mood and includes episodes of depression or mania (or both, as in bipolar disorder).


Major depressive episode is a mood episode that is a cluster of symptoms that occurs together for a discrete period of time, mostly all the time, for 2 weeks. The person feels depressed, has a loss of pleasure in or ...

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