Scientific article
Published by / Citation
Cullen, O. J., & Norton, M. J. (2021). Chicken or egg: A dual diagnosis narrative. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.
co-occurring disorders

Chicken or egg: A dual diagnosis narrative


What is known on the subject?

  • Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe persons who have a co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
  • It is the cause of significant economic burden to health care, justice and educational systems.
  • It is well reported that to date dual diagnosis is under-diagnosed and poorly treated within the confines of mental health services

What the paper adds to existing knowledge?

  • It demonstrates that the need for service reform where all services are equipped with the necessary tools required to adequately support a person with dual diagnosis.

What are the implications for mental health nursing?

  • The narrative provides a real-life, candid description of how trauma in early childhood can cause significant challenges when one becomes older.
  • The narrative identifies the dangers of not diagnosing a dual diagnosis early, resulting in only treating half the presenting issues.
  • This narrative also offers hope to individuals in current distress, as well as for those supporting such individuals, as it clearly demonstrates that with the right supports and encouragement, recovery is possible.

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