Common Co-Occurring Disorders

Signs of typical co-occurring disorders

The mental health issues that most commonly co-occur with chemical abuse are clinical depression, anxiety disorders, and manic depression.

Standard signs and symptoms of clinical depression

Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness

Loss of interest in everyday tasks

Failure to feel joy

Appetite or body weight changes

Sleep changes

Reduction of energy

Unyielding feelings of worthlessness or shame

Attention troubles

Temper, physical pain, and dangerous conduct (especially in males).

Standard symptoms and signs of mania in manic depression.

Sentiments of elation or extreme irritation.

Nonrealistic, grandiose expectations.

Lowered requirement for sleeping.

Escalated energy.

Rapid speaking and racing thoughts.

Impaired judgment and impulse control.


Anger or rage.

Prevalent signs and symptoms of anxiety.

Excessive pressure and worry.

Feeling restless or jumpy.

Irritability or feeling "uneasy".

Racing heart or shortness of breath.

Nausea, trembling, or lightheadedness.

Muscle tension, headaches.

Difficulty focusing attention.