Addiction 101: Addiction, Mental Health, and Psychiatric Comorbidities
Sections from today's episode
- How someone becomes addicted and what keeps them addicted are not usually the same things
- Keep in mind the ‘self-medication theory’ and ask “what are they treating with their substance use?”
- It's important for diagnostic and treatment reasons to understand if the substance use or mental disorder occurred first because likely one causes the other and this may impact the treatment
Dr. Nissen is a Harvard Medical School Clinical Fellow and Resident Physician in the HMS Department of Psychiatry. He is Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of InsideTheBoards. He is interested in addiction medicine and medical education and spends his free time experimenting on new dinner dishes with his wife.
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