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Comorbidity: Addiction and Other Mental Illnesses

What is comorbidity?

When two disorders or illnesses occur in the same person, simultaneously or sequentially, they are described as comorbid. Comorbidity also implies interactions between the illnesses that affect the course and prognosis of both.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (2010). What is comorbidity? . In Comorbidity: Addiction and Other Mental Illnesses. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/comorbidity-addiction-other-mental-illnesses/what-comorbidity

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