Depression is a common comorbid condition in substance abuse disorders. In particular, comorbidity between alcoholism and depression occurs with extremely high prevalence in the general population. Early studies investigating this dual diagnosis issue reported alcohol abuse to occur in almost a quarter of patients with affective disorders [1, 2]. Prevalence rises as high as 32 % if other substance abuse disorders are included . These findings made it clear that enormous challenges lie ahead in tracing the individual etiology of substance abuse and depression, let alone their interaction. Clearly, this dilemma was to produce further difficulties in providing adequate and appropriate treatment for sufferers.
|Title of host publication||Neural-Immune Interactions in Brain Function and Alcohol Related Disorders|
|Editors||Changhai Cui, Lindsey Grandison, Antonio Noronha|
|Place of Publication||Boston MA USA|
|Number of pages||43|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 2013|