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Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2007 Oct;9(5):374-80.

Treatment of patients comorbid for addiction and other psychiatric disorders.

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  • 1Clinical Neuroscience Division, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, 67 President Street, Charleston, SC 29425, USA.


Psychiatric disorders and drug and alcohol use disorders commonly co-occur. A growing literature has documented the epidemiology and effects on the course of illness of comorbid psychiatric and substance use disorders (SUDs). Advances in treatment of co-occurring illnesses have progressed more slowly. The current article reviews recent developments in the diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring psychiatric disorders and SUDs with particular focus on psychotic disorders, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Current treatment options and implications for future research are highlighted.

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