The mental health of Australians 2

7. Comorbidity

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Comorbidity refers to having more than one disorder within a given time period. This might be two or more mental disorders or a combination of mental disorders and physical conditions. In this chapter comorbidity between classes of mental disorder and between mental disorders and the National Health Priority Area chronic physical conditions (diabetes, asthma, coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and arthritis) are examined.