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Dual Diagnosis in Hollywood: Which Celebs Suffer From Dual Diagnosis?

A dual diagnosis is when a client of addiction has been diagnosed with both addiction and at least one accompanying mental health disorder. This knowledge is important as the success of recovery relies on both the mental health disorder(s) and the addiction being specifically treated at the same time. From the media coverage of celebrities grappling with mental health disorders and addiction, we can take a look at a few celebrities who suffer from dual diagnoses.

Dual Diagnosis: Amanda Bynes

Actress Amanda Bynes gained fame from her comedic roles on the Nickelodeon television network for children. The actress has recently been in the media for such odd behavior as strange and vulgar public tweets to other celebrities, driving recklessly under the influence, extreme paranoia of being watched (even in her home) and even getting in trouble with the law for setting a pair of pants on fire with gasoline in a California driveway.

Her parents decided to plead with the courts to be able to make decisions for the celebrity, including controlling her assets as the actress spent $1.2 million of $4 million in savings in just a few months’ time. Bynes checked into a mental health treatment program at a hospital where she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The actress switched to a rehabilitation center to continue her treatment. She has a dual diagnosis as her schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have been accompanied by drug abuse and addiction.

Dual Diagnosis: Lindsay Lohan

Actress Lindsay Lohan has spent plenty of time in and out of rehabilitation programs for years now for addiction to such substances as alcohol and the prescription drug Adderall. She has gotten into trouble with the law for a number of incidents over the years, including driving under the influence and narcotics possession. Her addiction dual diagnosis could be of the mental health disorder, narcissistic personality disorder. Her dual diagnosis will need special treatment if she is to be successful in long-term recovery.

Dual Diagnosis: Mel Gibson

Actor Mel Gibson has struggled with addiction to alcohol since he was only a young teen. His dual diagnosis is for bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder and substance abuse and addiction often unfortunately go hand in hand. This is another reason to support the importance of dual diagnosis treatment, which works on both the mental health disorder and the addiction at the same time for the best results possible. For example, if Gibson were to seek treatment for addiction but not for bipolar disorder, it’s likely that both disorders would continue.

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