Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the dually diagnosed adolescent

Pediatr Clin North Am. 1995 Apr;42(2):479-90. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(16)38959-3.


The awareness of the prevalence and presentation of psychiatric diagnoses is essential in the quality treatment of adolescent substance abusers. An ongoing relationship with a psychiatrist who can be available for consultation as needed is helpful. Careful observation and history-taking and appropriate consultation results in better detection and treatment of comorbid disorders and, ultimately, in better treatment of the patient.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / complications*
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / therapy
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Substance-Related Disorders / complications*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / diagnosis
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy