Series: Oxford Library of Psychology
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 18, 2014)
Depression is associated with many psychiatric disorders, chronic health problems, and severe dysfunction in close relationships. To observe that depression goes with many other problems may appear somewhat like observing that severe distress goes with many difficult challenges in life.
This type of association and comorbidity seems almost ubiquitous. But we are not arguing that depression is a proxy measure for “severe distress.” Depression and depressive comorbidity are much more complicated than that. Rather, we argue it is stunning that depressive disorders are comorbid with such a vast array of other psychiatric disorders, numerous health problems and diseases, and many types of severely dysfunctional relationships.
This is part of why depressive comorbidity is so interesting—and important. With the 37 chapters that follow in this edited book, The Oxford Handbook of Depression and Comorbidity, some of the themes that are often discussed include assessment and diagnosis, theory and methods, psychiatric comorbidity, health comorbidity, relationship comorbidity, intervention and consultation, and future directions.