Co-occurring Conditions That Can Impact Mental Health

Mental health issues are under recognized in individuals with developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or intellectual disability. These individuals are either untreated, undertreated or, more alarmingly, treated with ineffective or inappropriate methods.   Similarly, people experiencing a mental health condition may turn to alcohol or other drugs as a form of self-medication. Since this substance abuse can worsen the symptoms of mental illness it is essential that it be addressed when developing support plans.

Quintero & Flick, 2010; National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2017

Videos About Co-occurring Conditions That Can Impact Mental Health

Webinar by Orygen Mental Health explaining diagnosis, prevalence and features of each mental health condition in individuals with a diagnosis of autism.  Closed Captioned, 1:16 hours.
Students with a variety of learning differences describe how teachers can help them.  1:52 minutes.  
Discusses how ADHD effects the way the brain works.  Closed Captioned, 2:22 minutes.  
A psychiatrist outlines the complicated relationship between substance abuse and mental health. Closed Captioned, 1:03 minutes.  
Two psychologists explain comorbidity as it relates to children and adolescents. Closed Captioned, 28:02 minutes.  

40%of individuals with autism spectrum disorders have at least one anxiety disorder compared with 15% of the general population.  (National Autistic Society, 2018)

50% of teens with untreated mental health disorders will develop a substance use disorder.  (Miller, 2020)

1 in 3 At least 1 in 3 individuals with intellectual disabilities also have mental illness.  (Quintero & Flick, 2010)

More Information About Co-occurring Conditions That Can Impact Mental Health

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Information, training and support around the topic of individuals with communication disorders.
https://www.asha.org/

Autism Society of America
National support organization providing information, training and support.
https://www.autism-society.org/

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
National support organization providing information, training and support.
https://chadd.org/

Indiana Resource Center for Autism
Articles, training, resources and support for individuals across the lifespan, their families and professionals.
https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/irca

Mental Health America
National support and advocacy organization with links to state branches and a variety of resources on a wide aspect of mental health co-occurring conditions.
https://www.mhanational.org/

National Center for School Mental Health
National Center for School Mental Health provide resources, training and tips for educators and parents.
http://www.schoolmentalhealth.org/

National Association of School Psychologists
Information and resources on a variety of co-occurring mental health and developmental conditions.
https://www.nasponline.org/

Partnership for Drug – Free Kids
Resources, research and training and support (including a helpline) for those facing addiction and their caregivers.
https://drugfree.org/

Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment
National Institute on Drug Abuse resource listing warning signs, resources and strategies for parents and professionals.
https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-adolescent-substance-use-disorder-treatment-research-based-guide/frequently-asked-questions/how-do-other-mental-health-conditions-relate-to-substance-use-in-adolescents

Learning Disabilities Association of America
National support organization providing information, training and support.
https://ldaamerica.org/ash

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Information, training, grants, research and supports for professionals and families.
https://www.samhsa.gov/

Understanding Dual Diagnosis
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities provides a list of websites and books on the topic of supporting individuals who have both an intellectual disability and a mental health condition.
https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/filling-gap-georgia-access-point/understanding-dual-diagnosis