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Fijian rugby legend Waisale Serevi struggled with dual diagnosis, reveals new book
04-11-18 Category: Dual Diagnosis

Renowned for his prowess on the field, Waisale Serevi – Fijian rugby legend and former coach – once suffered from poor mental health and substance use disorder, according to a new book titled “Waisale Serevi, The King of Sevens.” According to Nic Darveniza, the author of the book, life wasn’t a bed of roses for […]

Former Aetna medical director confesses to not reviewing medical records while deciding about coverage

In a shocking case of utter negligence of duty, Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma, former medical director of Aetna, America’s third-largest insurance provider, has admitted to never reviewing patient records while deciding to accept or deny care. The revelation came during a deposition in a lawsuit on grounds of “breach of contract” and “bad faith”, and […]

MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can provide breakthrough in PTSD treatment
01-23-18 Category: Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health

In what could be one of the most revolutionary approaches to treating post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine or MDMA alongside psychotherapy in a controlled setting could be the most effective treatment for the problem. Scientists across North America, including researchers from the Canadian province of British Columbia, are gearing up for the third and […]

It is never easy to deal with a serious mental disorder or an addiction. Imagine the plight of a person struggling with both, most likely unaware of at least one of these problems. It is, therefore, always challenging to treat patients suffering from dual diagnosis – the condition which involves concurrent symptoms of a mental […]

11-10-17 Category: Dual Diagnosis

With soaring rates of addiction resulting from the prevailing opioid crisis, studies suggest that mental health problems and substance abuse are increasingly colliding with each other at complex junctures. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions are written on an average day in the country. The […]

Alcohol second-most popular self-medicating option for people battling social anxiety
09-18-17 Category: Anxiety, Dual Diagnosis, Substance Abuse

“I was very shy – with strangers – I couldn’t talk to people. And I found if I had a drink, it would loosen me up. The barriers went down and I became very social. That’s what got me started.” These words from iconic American entertainer Richard “Dick” Wayne Van Dyke would shock many people, […]

08-28-17 Category: Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health

“My mom struggled with drug addiction and mental health problems her entire life. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases,” said American actress Billie Lourd, while speaking about her mother, Carrie Fisher’s, death. According to the coroner’s report, Fisher had traces […]


“When I started opening up with my family, I realized that my father never got the help he needed,” said Dan Blackman who grew up in a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania, where people battling mental disorders or substance use disorders (SUDs) had little or no recourse to professional support and treatment options. Everybody from […]


Out of the estimated 38.6 million people experiencing two most common mental disorders – anxiety and depression – almost 19 percent were handed a minimum of two prescriptions for opioids during a given year, a recent study conducted jointly by the researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and University of Michigan has found. Brian Sites, the […]

08-01-17 Category: Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health

When an individual shows symptoms of both a mental illness as well as a substance use disorder (SUD), he/she is said to be living with a serious condition known as dual diagnosis. The condition comprises any combination, such as cocaine addiction and bipolar disorder (BD); alcoholism and PTSD; opioid use disorder and depression; marijuana addiction […]

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