Recognizing co-occurring conditions

Correctly identifying co-occurring conditions can be challenging. Often psychiatric symptoms can be masked by alcohol or drugs. Professionals recognized for their leadership in identifying and treating co-occurring conditions at Lindner Center of HOPE conduct an initial diagnostic assessment that establishes solid groundwork for progressive therapies and treatment.

Individuals with co-occurring conditions suffer from an addiction and a mental illness or two or more mental illnesses at the same time. An addictive disorder occurs when the use of a substance—such as alcohol or drugs—or a behavior – such as excessive gambling, shopping or gaming—causes significant problems in a person’s life. A mental illness may include mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder), anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or another mental illness.

Although symptoms of co-occurring conditions can vary greatly, the following are possible signs:

  • Feeling of helplessness or hopelessness
  • Isolation, social withdrawal, loss of interest in daily activities
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Extreme appetite, weight or sleep changes
  • Family problems
  • Financial problems or problems at school or work
  • High risk behaviors especially while driving and incarcerated
  • Multiple admissions to hospitals or mental health treatment centers
  • Increased number of visits to the emergency room or physician for medical care


Do you or does someone you know suffer from co-occurring conditions? Screen yourself now.