Still, as AuDHD is an emerging diagnosis, finding the most helpful accommodations becomes more individualized. We can also celebrate the strengths that AuDHD individuals bring to the world. Research indicates that as many as 50-70% of autistics may also meet the criteria for ADHD (Hours et al., 2022). A question could be asked if this particular comorbidity represents a separate condition on its own. While AuDHD is not listed in the DSM-5, the acronym has been utilized to describe the co-occurrence of ADHD and autism. Rather than the American Psychiatric Association, AuDHD was identified by the neurodiversity community.

Mental Health Issues: Alcohol Use Disorder and Common Co-occurring Conditions

Many studies investigating the causes (i.e., etiology) of homelessness and dual diagnoses have suggested that people with co-occurring mental and AOD-use disorders are particularly prone to losing family supports and stable housing and becoming homeless (Drake et al. 1991). One reason for this increased risk appears to be that dually diagnosed clients often are excluded from housing and treatment programs designated specifically for people with single disorders (Drake et al. 1991). Much of our current knowledge of homeless adults with dual disorders comes from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism initiatives funded by the Stewart B. McKinney Act (Huebner et al. 1993). These initiatives include a 3-year, 14-project demonstration to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions for homeless adults with AOD-related problems.

Alcohol-Use Disorder and Severe Mental Illness

For patients in the middle, with up to a moderate level of severity of AUD or the psychiatric disorder or both, a decision to refer should be based on the level of comfort and clinical judgment of the provider. Most people with an alcohol use disorder can benefit from some form of treatment. People who are getting treatment for AUD may also find it helpful to go to a support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). If you have an AUD and a mental illness, it is important to get treatment for both. However, about 18 million adult Americans have an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Among people with AUD, depressive disorders are one of the most common co-occurring psychiatric conditions.

Mental health disorders that commonly co-occur with AUD

Weera and Gilpin, in the “Focus On” review Biobehavioral Interactions Between Stress and Alcohol, examine how brain stress systems mediate the effects of stress on alcohol drinking. They summarize key findings from animal models and suggest that brain stress systems may be useful targets for medications development. Whether you care for youth or adults, you are likely to encounter patients with alcohol use disorder (AUD) regularly in your practice. Alcohol use disorder is a pattern of alcohol use that involves problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol or continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems. This disorder also involves having to drink more to get the same effect or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking. Alcohol use disorder includes a level of drinking that’s sometimes called alcoholism.

«You’re not going to be able to prevent mental health conditions unless you start to tackle some of these big causes, in particular child maltreatment.» Read on to learn why AUD is considered a mental health condition, which mental health conditions commonly occur alongside it, and treatment options. Clinicians should encourage patients to attend AA meetings and consider involving their family members in recovery. If AA attendance alone proves insufficient, clinicians may need to explore pharmacological therapies as an additional intervention to assist patients with AUDs.

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