Co-occurring disorders

Expert Q&A

Treating Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders

Topics: Co-occurring disorders | Diagnosis | Substance Use Disorder

CATR: Why do you think clinicians should pay attention to psychiatric disorders co-occurring with addiction? Dr. Ross: The reason is that they’re very common. For example, about 80% of people with schizophrenia have nicotine use disorder, and 50% have a non-nicotine substance use disorder (SUD) (Miller SC, Fiellin DA, Rosenthal RN, Saitz R, eds. ASAM

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Expert Q&A

Co-Occurring Addiction and PTSD

Topics: Addiction Treatment | Co-occurring disorders | PTSD | Substance Use Disorder | Trauma

CATR: We know PTSD often co-occurs with addiction. What should clinicians pay attention to? Dr. Vojvoda: Individuals who have PTSD have a high risk of developing other disorders, including substance use disorders (SUDs). Studies have shown that both in the veteran and non-veteran populations, these numbers are high. For example, one study of the genera

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Research Update

Can Buprenorphine Improve PTSD Symptoms?

Topics: Addiction | Addiction Treatment | Antidepressants | Buprenorphine | Co-occurring disorders | Comorbidity | Dual diagnosis | Medication | Opioid Use Disorder | Pharmacology | PTSD | Research Update | SSRIs

Review of: Lake EP et al, Am J Addict 2019;28(2):86–91 For many years, the mainstay of treatment for PTSD has been the SSRI class of medications, but many of our patients still suffer crippling symptoms despite optimal antidepressant medication dosing. PTSD is often accompanied by opioid misuse, sometimes in an effort to self-treat the hyperarousal

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