Dual diagnosis clients represent the most complex populations to support. Whilst a third of problem alcohol users and quarter of problem drug users naturally remit over a 7 year period, less than 5 per cent of dual diagnosis clients do so. Please find a wide range of information on treatment interventions, services and background research on dual diagnosis here.
Screening for the Possibility of Co-occurring Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder in the Behavioral Health Setting Department of Human Services Chemical and Mental Health Services Administration July 2009
In training and lectures I am often asked for more information on Personality Disorders. Whilst mental illness represents a change in baseline functioning, personality disorder is the baseline functioning of the individual. As such, whilst mental illness may be corrected through treatment (medical or psycho-social), personality disorders represent a very different theraputic challenge. Please find a number of useful reference materials on personality disorder. Please note, the ICD 10 and DSM diagnosis differ. Information is presented on both classifications here.