“Co-occurring conditions” refer to the circumstances where our children are facing multiple challenges that impact the social, emotional, and educational health of our children. Because our children are rapidly growing and their brains continue to develop well into their twenties, many diagnoses and challenges may seem like a “moving target.”
“Dual Diagnosis” will often be referred to when a substances addiction is also an issue. This may include alcohol abuse, illicit drug use, prescription medication abuse, as well as any behavior associated with addictions.
You may have recognized your child’s symptoms in several of the “issues” pages above. If this is the case, you may ask your child’s health care providers to assess for the possibility of multiple conditions/challenges/disorders and advocate for a comprehensive treatment plan to address each concern.