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Dual Diagnosis and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 

Dual Diagnosis and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
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Dual Diagnosis and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
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Leslie Blatt

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10.1093/med/9780190204747.003.0034
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date: 22 October 2019

This chapter reviews managing patients with dual diagnosis and comorbid psychiatric disorders in the setting of palliative care. Divided into two parts: the first focuses on co-occurring disorders and serious mental illness and the second part focuses on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The terms of dual diagnosis (DD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring psychiatric disorders are described and defined. Management strategies are offered.. Assessment and treatment strategies, including pharmacologic and psychotherapy interventions, are reviewed. The advanced practice registered nurse will find approaches that can be incorporated into practice. The importance of collaborative relationships with mental health providers and addiction specialists is highlighted. The goal is to improve quality of life and to relieve suffering for this patient population.

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