What is Dual Diagnosis


What is Dual Diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis

What is dual diagnosis? The term ‘dual diagnosis’ refers to a situation where a person has two particular disorders (not any two disorders) at the same time. This includes a mental health disorder (for example, depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and so-forth) and a substance use disorder (for example, Alcohol Dependence) or other substance-induced mental disorders such as Substance-Induced Delirium and ALSO includes a mental health disorder of an intellectual disability occurring together (Sturmey, Lindsa, & Didden, 2007, p. 379).

The intent of this site is to promote wellness and recovery and to help break down stigmatization and labeling. Surely almost anybody would not want to receive any diagnosis, let alone be a victim of labeling. Receiving a diagnosis such as schizophreniform disorder need not be due cause or to be any valid reason for labeling anybody. Labels, used in a discriminate manner, are unfair, cruel and just plain wrong. Labels or statements  such as “he is a lunatic” or “she is a schizophrenic” are wrong, degrading and inexcusable. A person is a person first and foremost. A person should always be known as that, a person, not a label.  A person with schizophrenia is a person, not a schizophrenic. A diagnosis is only used by medical professionals or other professionals such as psychologists so they (and us) know what they are dealing with. To see more about this please visit: Should mental disorders actually be named?

Thank you for visiting beyond My Label, and for reading ‘What is dual diagnosis’.


  • Sturmey, P., Lindsay, W. R., & Didden, H. C. M. (2007). Dual diagnosis. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 20, 379.

What is Dual Diagnosis

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You will be able to find lots of useful supports such as support groups and where to find a mental health service that fulfills your person needs, plus lots more.

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