Question Description

Chapters 7 and 8 explore the various mood, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and stressor-related disorders. One issue of concern with these disorders is comorbidity: the situation that occurs when multiple diagnostic conditions occur simultaneously within the same individual. Watch this brief clip, What About Bob Therapy Scene, from the film What About Bob (1991). While exaggerated for comedic effect, Bob’s description of a wide variety of symptoms brings up some questions and concerns.

In your initial post, address the following:

  • What are some pros and cons of diagnosing someone (e.g., Bob) with more than one condition?
  • Comorbidity is especially common between the mood and anxiety/OCD/trauma disorders. Why do you think that is?
  • Consider the track that you have selected for your final project (i.e., biological, psychological, sociocultural). How might an individual who adopts the perspective of your track explain the issue of comorbidity?

Cite from the text readings to support your answers.

In your peer responses, try to engage with classmates who offered differing responses regarding comorbid disorders than your own. What elements of comorbidity did they perhaps not consider?

To complete this assignment, review the Discussion Rubric document.


Comorbity when dealing with multiple disorders is nothing to take lightly. The people affected buy comorbidity are at a subconscious battle with themselves. I feel so deeply about help people with mental health because I personally have dealt with it myself. I personally have one child with a diagnosis, and I am doing everything in my parent to making him the most successful that he can be. I believe that the pro involved with one diagnosis is that we are able to focus on the specific issue and can use therapeutic methods to correct the issue or make is easier to live with. I have several people in my family that fight with mental illness some are in and out of institutions because life because to much leading them into places they hoped to never come back to. A patient that is dealing with comordity will require additional therapy and medicines to help them be successful in life, but sadly may never reach the social “norm.”I believe that most disorders fall hand in hand because if you have anxiety then it is common to also oppositional) and OCD tendency to make your anxiety rest. I stand behind the facts that early development can cause the disorders through trauma, prenatal abuse, and environmental factors. The article that I selected with go more in depth about the life development about the environmental and genetic factors that experiments correlate to the rise of these disorders across America. Comorbidity is a serious issue that is on the rise around the world that we must understand better to prevent the rise of mental health disorders.


Hello professor and class, I am so sorry for the late post!

Some issues that can arise from diagnosing someone with more than one condition could be the complexity of treatment plans that may or may not work. However, a good thing that could come about are being able to have an idea of a tailored plan for mental health, medications, etc to be able to have an individual, personalized plan for the person. In the video, Bob himself says that he has “problems” where he has many disorders/phobias, and he even imitates disorders he knows he does not have to ensure he doesn’t have it. It is good that he is aware of his disorders because a specialized treatment plan may be applicable, but it could hold issues and concerns for effectiveness due to his amplified beliefs in his conditions.

Mood disorders, such as anxiety, OCD, and trauma disorders, have occurrences of comorbidity between them because they have “similarities in that they all involve regions of the brain involved in responding to fearful or threatening situations” (Whitbourne, 2017). The disorders share commonalities in substance abuse, prior emotional/psychological abuse, or genetics. Also, Whitbourne (2017) states “there also appear to be similarities in treatment approach, with cognitive-behavioral methods perhaps showing the greatest effectiveness.”

A person who adopts the sociocultural perspective might explain comorbidity in relation to cultural and societal differences, especially in reference to Westernized medicine and its effectiveness compared to other countries. They may look at apposing studies within other cultures and social structures to seek prevalence rates and treatment options to compare those of Westernized treatment plans. Different cultures seek different routes of diagnosing and treating mood disorders, so comorbidity may arise differently in each culture/society affecting treatment plans.