Patterns of current comorbidity in young help-seekers: Implications for service planning and delivery

Katherine Godfrey, Alison Yung, Eóin Killackey, Elizabeth Cosgrave, Hok Pan Yuen, Carrie Stanford, Joe Buckby, Patrick McGorry

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Objective: To identify the pattern of current comorbidity in young help-seekers referred to a specialist mental health service. Method: One hundred and forty-nine participants were assessed for current psychiatric diagnoses following their referral to ORYGEN Youth Health. Results: Seventy-eight percent of the sample rated for at least one diagnosis with almost half the sample presenting with two or more disorders. Next to comorbid depression and anxiety, comorbidity between substance use disorders and mood and anxiety disorders was the most prominent pattern of comorbidity in the sample. Conclusions: The present findings suggest that integration between mental health and substance abuse services is well overdue and must be addressed at policy, service system and clinical levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-383
Number of pages5
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Comorbidity
  • Mental health
  • Service use

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