Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Dual Diagnosis

  • Christian SchutteEmail author
  • Bradley AxelrodEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1192




Individual who has been diagnosed with more than one disorder.

Current Knowledge

Dual diagnosis is a broad term that may include patients who may be diagnosed with a major mood disorder, such as major depression, and a personality disorder, such as borderline personality disorder or with two major mood disorders. The term can also cover individuals who have diagnoses of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and another disorder, such as a mood disorder or substance abuse. However, the vernacular has adopted this term in a more specific manner to mean that an individual has a psychiatric diagnosis, such as major depression, and a substance use disorder, such as alcoholism. Thus, depending on the literature under review, this term may be used in the more general or more specific sense. An area of particular interest with regard to neuropsychology is the considerable overlap in symptom presentation between many psychological disorders, such as depressive and anxiety...

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Further Readings

  1. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington: American Psychiatric Publishing.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. McCrea, M. A. (2008). Mild traumatic brain injury and postconcussion syndrome: The new evidence base for diagnosis and treatment. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Henry Ford AllegianceJacksonUSA
  2. 2.John D. Dingell VA Medical CenterPsychology Section (11MHPS)DetroitUSA