Mapping out 'brain change' in dual diagnosis patients to cut suicide rates
Mental Health Brain Profile Epigenetics

Mapping out 'brain change' in dual diagnosis patients to cut suicide rates

Brenda Cabrera
Brenda Cabrera

In 10 seconds? Scientists have made a huge leap forward in understanding the links between mental illness, substance abuse, and suicide. Comparing the molecular profile of brains could be a game-changer for 'dual diagnosis' sufferers who have an elevated suicide risk.

What's this dual diagnosis? When we are talking about dual diagnosis (DD) we are talking about co-occurring disorders. In other words when someone is suffering from a mental illness and a substance abuse problem at the same time. Common examples are depression and alcoholism or schizophrenia and cannabis abuse. People who have milder mental disorders alongside a drug dependency, such as panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder, and dependence on opioids also fall into this group.

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