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Abstract

Dual Diagnosis: An Integrated Approach to Treatment: Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines

Dual diagnosis can be defined as the simultaneous or sequential existence of an addictive disorder and another mental disorder throughout the life cycle. It is a category not recognized within the main reference manuals for psychiatric diagnosis, which makes it a clinical entity of enormous psychiatric, family and social complexity. This paper offers an analysis of the concept, etiopathology of dual diagnosis based on a scientific literature review. It also shows in a synthesized manner the main therapeutic guidelines for the comprehensive approach to this and its various comorbid disorders (alcohol addiction, substance abuse, anxiety and depression, psychotic disorders or eating disorders).


Author(s):

Nathalia Garrido Torres*, Julio Piedra Cristobal and Juan Rosa Martin



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