Is it Appropriate to Use “Comorbid” When Discussing Disability?
Before I dig into this, I do want to preface it with the fact that I am not a medical professional. However, I have contacts that are medical professionals and I ran all of this by them before posting.
Comorbidity is used to describe two or more medical conditions that interact with one another. That’s it.
For example, obesity and hypertension: these two conditions interact with one another and can exist simultaneously in a single patient.
In your case, I think comorbid is an appropriate term (albeit a bit technical) because you are talking about how two or more medical conditions interact with one another. It has nothing to do with whether or not the conditions being described have been classified as a disease (or any other type of condition). If you were simply talking about having multiple, non‐interacting medical conditions, you would use the term “co‐occurring”.