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What does the term “co-occurring disorders” mean?

March 8, 2018

When a mental health disorder occurs at the same time as a substance use disorder, it is referred to as a co-occurring disorder. Individuals with co-occurring disorders have one or more mental health disorders and one or more substance use disorders at the same time, which can have a significant impact on their lives.

Mental health disorders may vary in severity and might include:

– Anxiety
– Depression
– Bipolar disorder
– Schizophrenia
– Borderline personality disorder

Substance use disorders may include:

– Alcohol abuse
– Use of illegal drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamine, or heroin
– Abuse of prescription medicines


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