Sometimes, mental health disorders are combined with others, this is called a co-occurring disorder. These co-occurring disorders can vary, but commonly include co-occurring substance abuse or co-occurring impulse control disorders. Co-occurring disorders can be upsetting, even heartbreaking, for both those who struggle with them and for their loved ones. Left unchecked, destructive behaviors resulting from co-occurring disorders can have intense consequences on any and all aspects of a person’s life.
Consequences can be health-related, professional or social, and even financial or legal. In turn, these consequences can cause profound feelings of shame, guilt, and isolation, particularly when loved ones are affected. These feelings can be particularly intense when combined with underlying mental health disorders, such as anxiety or depression.