Many adolescents or teens who have been diagnosed with a mental health illness often struggle with more than one disorder, which is commonly referred to as co-occurring disorders. The most common existing co-occurring disorders found in adolescents or teens is a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder, as a large number of teens use substances to help control the symptoms of their mental health disorder. When this occurs, the substance of choice can exacerbate the mental health symptoms and lead to a number of other serious consequences such as addiction, making treatment or rehab that much more difficult. Some of the most common mental health disorders that adolescents or teens who abuse drugs or alcohol are diagnosed with include mood-related and anxiety disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can be a challenge for practitioners to diagnose co-occurring disorders as many of the symptoms of these intertwining disorders can mimic or mask the other.
While not as common, other people may struggle with co-occurring mental health disorders, which occurs when more than one mental health disorder exists at the same time. Depression and bipolar disorder tend to be accompanied by anxiety disorders. In order for an adolescent or teen to fully recover, they must receive treatment at a rehab center for each disorder simultaneously. Treating only one disorder does not typically involve improvement in the other. With the proper types of treatment interventions provided at our rehab center in Knoxville, co-occurring disorders can be managed and treated.