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Monday, August 6, 2012

Dual diagnosis in Psychiatry

This is an article from Deb which I should have posted a long time ago.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/20/health/20lives.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&ref=health 

Here you get a glimpse of Antonio Lambert's life story with an accompanying video.


Antonio Lambert has a combined diagnosis: a mood disorder and drug addiction, among the scariest diagnoses in psychiatry.  Each problem ‘inflames the other,’ in a vicious cycle.  Antonio is an ex-convict who has had several run-ins with the law.

He has used a combination of coping strategies, medication, and spirituality to combat his illness.  However, he still has tendencies of relapsing, but is able to detect the lurking ‘monster’ and seek help when needed.

He has become a ‘peer counselor’ to help others with similar backgrounds. 

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