Chapter 1: Introduction: Comorbidity: What is it and why is it important?; Rhonda Brown and Einar Thorsteinsson
Chapter 2: Models of Comorbidity; Rhonda Brown and Einar Thorsteinsson
Chapter 3: Overweight/Obesity and Concurrent Disorders, Symptoms, Behaviour and Body Temperature; Rhonda Brown and Yasmine Umar
Chapter 4: Overview of the Comorbidity between Medical Illnesses and Overweight/ Obesity; Christopher J Nolan
Chapter 5: Comorbid Eating Disorders; C. Laird Birmingham
Chapter 6: Comorbid psychiatric illnesses; Einar Thorsteinsson and Rhonda Brown
Chapter 7: Arousal States, Symptoms, Behaviour, Sleep, and Body Temperature; Rhonda Brown and Einar Thorsteinsson
Chapter 8: Design, statistical and methodological considerations: Comorbidity; Einar Thorsteinsson and Rhonda Brown
Chapter 9: Typing It All Together; Rhonda Brown and Einar Thorsteinsson.
This book introduces a new theory on the substantial comorbidity that exists between many illnesses and disorders and concurrent symptoms such as pain, impaired sleep and fatigue. The specific illnesses and disorders discussed include obesity, diabetes mellitus type-II, medical illnesses including cardiovascular disease and sleep-disordered breathing, insomnia, disordered eating such as binge-eating disorder and night-eating syndrome, affective distress (anxiety and depression), and comorbidities that are linked to eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. The book posits that the comorbidities are the result of a complex bio-psycho-behavioral mechanism that includes circadian rhythm dysfunction. It examines the statistical and methodological (e.g. measurement) problems that can complicate the understanding of comorbidity and explores a broad range of novel, existing, and repurposed therapy approaches that could have utility in treating comorbid disorders.
This book will be of great value to academics as well as practitioners working in the field of psychiatry, health psychology and medicine more broadly.
• Explores how comorbidity is related to a broad range of behaviours
• Highlights future areas for research related to co-existing symptoms and conditions
• Offers novel treatment approaches to help clinicians in optimizing treatment for their patients
• Demonstrates that comorbidities are the result of a complex bio-psycho-behavioral mechanism that includes circadian rhythm dysfunction
• Introduces a new theory on the substantial comorbidity that exists between many illnesses and their concurrent symptoms such as pain or fatigue