Physical health burden of PTSD, depression, and their comorbidity in the U.S. veteran population: Morbidity, functioning, and disability.

Affiliation

VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA, USA; Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Although it is well-established that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) are associated with physical health difficulties among U.S. veterans, the incremental burden of having both disorders relative to either one alone remains largely unknown. The goal of this study was to provide the first population-based characterization of the burden of medical illness associated with PTSD, MDD, and their comorbidity among U.S. veterans.

Keywords

Depression,Disability,Disease burden,Functioning,Medical comorbidity,Physical health,Posttraumatic stress disorder,

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