Concurrent disorders describes more than one disorder occurring at the same time. More specifically, mental health concerns coupled with substance use concerns.
Most youth with substance use disorders also have an emotional or behavioral disorders. Up to 40% of youth with mental health disorders also have a substance use disorder. Concurrent disorders are the expectation, not the exception.
Concurrent disorders are complex and challenging to identify. The mental health concern may come first, using substances may come first, both concerns may start at the same time and mental health concerns and using substances may start separately.