Masters of Health Magazine April 2019 - Page 45

Co-morbid Health Conditions


According to the national survey, of those (nearly 14% of children and adolescents) with mental health disorders, almost one third (30.0%) had 2 or more mental disorders at some time in the previous 12 months.

A third (31%) of adults in receipt of the Disability Support Pension have a primary medical psychological/psychiatric condition, plus other comorbid health conditions. Anxiety and sleep disorders are prevalent all psychiatric disorders. If you can’t sleep properly you keep getting sicker as the body deteriorates into a toxic inflammatory dump and overall depression.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) adults with ADHD are also likely to have an anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, or other comorbid psychiatric disorder.


“Over one-quarter (27%) had heart or circulatory conditions and over one-fifth (21%) had diabetes (compared with 16% and 6% respectively in the general population).

The prevalence of Diabetes found in the National Survey of People Living with Psychotic Illness is more than 3 times the rate seen in the general population.

Other comorbidities included Epilepsy (7% compared with 0.8% in the general population) and Severe headaches/migraines (25% compared with 9% in the general population).” (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare)

For those affected by severe illnesses, particularly those with psychotic disorders, average life expectancy is shorter and is second only to Indigenous Australians, due mainly to high levels of untreated comorbid physical illness.