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Mental Disorders and Treatment

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Comorbidity is the presence of one or more conditions occurring concurrently with a primary condition. Additional comorbidities within a patient can be behavioural or mental disorders. In simple words it refers to the presence of more than one disorder existing in the same person. For example, if a person is diagnosed with both social anxiety disorder (SAD) and major depressive disorder (MDD), they are having comorbid anxiety and depressive disorders. Several conditions that are seen to overlap such as diabetes, cardiovascular illness, cancer, infectious diseases, and dementia. Mental disorders that tend to show comorbidity can also include anxiety disorders, and substance abuse. Comorbidity in mental illness may include a situation where a medical diagnosis is going on a person, followed by the diagnosis of a mental disorder. It can involve the diagnosis of a mental disorder followed by the diagnosis of another mental disorder.

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