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Adults with two or more chronic diseases had an increased risk of a mood or anxiety disorder. High blood pressure was associated with both disorders at 23 percent, according to the Columbia University study published online June 1 in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
Senior author Dr. Silvia Martins said in a university news release that the study sheds new light on a significant, and growing, health challenge.
"Chronic disease coupled with a psychiatric disorder is a pressing issue that health providers should consider when designing preventive interventions and treatment services -- especially the heavy mental health burden experienced by those with two or more chronic diseases," said Martins, an associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia.
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SOURCE: Columbia University, news release, May 31, 2017