INNOVATIVE AND INTEGRATED APPROACHES TO PROMOTE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH

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6th ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE · EAPM

Physical and mental illnesses interact mutually and share common risk factors with not only additive but also synergistic effects. Comorbidity is a complex event for its numerous clinical and socioenvironmental implications. Up to 25% of patients with chronic illness also suffer from comorbid mental disorders, even higher rates of comorbidity are seen for specific conditions (e.g. cancer, neurological disorders). Doctors tend to concentrate on symptoms and organs, underestimating the importance of mental health problems, especially when they accompany a serious physical illness. This is largely in the belief that the mental health issues, as simple corollaries of the major disease, are destined to disappear with the improvement of the physical disease.

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