Which mental health disorders may be included in a dual diagnosis with alcohol use disorder?

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Warren Thompson, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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The relationship between alcohol and bipolar disorder is an important dual diagnosis. In fact, a substance abuse disorder is seen in nearly 60% of individuals with bipolar disorder. [32] Any individual who presents with significant mood fluctuations must be screened for an alcohol use disorder.

Panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, dysthymic disorder, major depression, bipolar mania, or primary (idiopathic) insomnia: Alcohol abuse or dependence might reflect self-treatment for these conditions.


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