Alcoholism and Psychiatric Disorders

Diagnostic Challenges

About the Course:

Alcoholism and Psychiatric Disorders presents an overview of the common diagnostic difficulties associated with the comorbidity of alcoholism and other psychiatric disorders. This article then briefly reviews the relationship between alcoholism and several psychiatric disorders that commonly co-occur with alcoholism and which clinicians should consider in their differential diagnosis.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:



Ramesh Shivani, M.D.; Jeffrey Goldsmith, M.D.; Robert M. Anthenelli, M.D.

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Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about alcoholism and psychiatric disorders. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the diagnostic difficulties in assessing psychiatric complaints in alcoholic patients.

  2. Explain the psychiatric disorders commonly associated with alcoholism.

  3. Describe the basic approach to diagnostic patients with alcoholism and coexisting psychiatric complaints.

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