Dual Diagnosis: Drug Addiction and Mental Illness

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Having a drug addiction is hard enough. So is having a mental illness such as schizophrenia, depression, or an anxiety disorder. Imagine having them both.

You'll find out what that's like in Dual Diagnosis: Drug Addiction and Mental Illness. Many people suffer from both an addiction to a drug and another mental illness, making everyday life almost impossible.

Dual Diagnosis explores ways to deal with dangerous addictions on top of mental ...

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Overview

Having a drug addiction is hard enough. So is having a mental illness such as schizophrenia, depression, or an anxiety disorder. Imagine having them both.

You'll find out what that's like in Dual Diagnosis: Drug Addiction and Mental Illness. Many people suffer from both an addiction to a drug and another mental illness, making everyday life almost impossible.

Dual Diagnosis explores ways to deal with dangerous addictions on top of mental illness. The book covers what addictions and mental illnesses are, diagnosis, and multiple treatment options. You'll also read inspirational stories about people who have suffered with-and overcome-dual diagnosis.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
Students will be able to explore the connections between how the brain works, how drugs impact the brain, what mental illness is, causality theory, and treatment for those with a dual diagnosis. The text is chock-a-block with information, so much so that it can occasionally feel scattered For example, a section about self-medication goes back to a large section on "the role of the amygdala" and then to depression and substance abuse. Anecdotes lead off many of the sections, but are written in a dramatic, unrealistic fashion. While there are some practical nuggets, such as "individuals are not ready for treatment until they recognize that they have a substance-related disorder," or that around a fifth of people who are seriously depressed also abuse drugs or alcohol, students will likely only turn here for specifics related to neuroscience, mental illness or treatment of psychiatric disorder. Additional assets include an index, a glossary, a bibliography and a letter from the series consultant that has appeared in each book in this series. While well-intentioned and potentially helpful to biology students, the overall package is one that students will likely tune out. This is part of the "Illicit and Misused Drugs" series from Mason Crest. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422224304
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 847,531
  • Product dimensions: 6.67 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 This is Your Brain 9

2 This is Your Brain on Drugs 17

3 What is Mental Illness? 51

4 Double Trouble 71

5 Treatment of Dual Diagnosis 95

Glossary 120

Further Reading 123

For More Information 123

Bibliography 124

Index 125

Picture Credits 127

Author and Consultant Biographies 128

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