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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. bradyk@musc.edu


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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