The epidemiology of co-occurring addictive and mental disorders: Implications for prevention and service utilization

R. C. Kessler, C. B. Nelson, K. A. McGonagle, M. J. Edlund, R. G. Frank, P. J. Leaf

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General population data from the National Comorbidity Survey are presented on co-occurring DSM-III-R addictive and mental disorders. Co-occurrence is highly prevalent in the general population and usually due to the association of a primary mental disorder with a secondary addictive disorder. It is associated with a significantly increased probability of treatment, although the finding that fewer than half of cases with 12-month co-occurrence received any treatment in the year prior to interview suggests the need for greater outreach efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-31
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2 1996
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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