Mental disorders are common in the United States, and in a given year approximately one quarter of adults are diagnosable for one or more disorders. While mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated among a much smaller proportion (about 6 percent, or 1 in 17) who suffer from a seriously debilitating mental illness.
Representing an acute stage of the disorder, fueling the hope that early, intense interventions may provide greater help to people in the long term.
Dual diagnosis" or "Co-Occurring disorder" refers to the presence of both a mental illness and a substance abuse problem. It is important to get effective treatment for both disorders. An effective treatment model is when both disorders are treated simultaneously.