New research has found not only a significant association between psychiatric impairments and chronic diseases, but also that the odds of having a psychiatric disorder increase with the number of chronic illnesses affecting an individual.
The investigators analyzed 2009 California Health Interview Survey data from 39 954 people with 1 or more of 4 chronic diseases—type 2 diabetes, hypertension, asthma, or heart disease—as well as psychological distress and impairment (Piane GM and Smith TC. Prev Chronic Dis. doi:10.5888/pcd11.140211 [published online October 23, 2014]).
Mental Disorders Linked With Chronic Diseases. JAMA. 2015;313(2):125. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.17382
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