Axis IV Psychosocial Problems among Patients with Psychotic or Mood Disorders with a Cannabis Use Disorder Comorbidity

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Among 1,610 patients with psychotic or mood disorders in routine psychiatric practice, odds ratios (crude and adjusted for age, education, gender, and race) quantified associations between the presence of comorbid cannabis abuse/dependence and seven psychosocial problems. Results revealed a higher prevalence of five of seven Axis IV psychosocial problems among patients who had a psychotic or mood disorder and a comorbid cannabis use disorder. The results underscore the need for careful screening and treatment of comorbid cannabis abuse/dependence among patients with psychotic or mood disorders given the prominent associated psychosocial impairments in this population

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