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Study Suggests Mental Disorders Increase Risk of Subsequent Chronic Physical Conditions

Findings from a study published today in JAMA Psychiatry suggest that mental disorders increase the odds of later developing a wide range of chronic physical conditions, with chronic pulmonary disease and chronic pain disorders being most prevalent.Researchers from the University of Otago in Australia analyzed retrospective data generated from the World Health Surveys of more than 47,000 adults in 17 countries. Survey participants were asked to report the year of onset of their mental illness diagnosis (based on DSM-IV criteria) as well as any chronic physical condition (e.g., heart disease,...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Wednesday, 23 December, 2015

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