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Self-reported depression, familial history of depression & fibromyalgia (FM), & psychological distress in patients with FM

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By Offenbaecher M, Glatzeder K, Ackenheil M • www.ProHealth.com • March 16, 1998


The prevalence of FM in the general population is estimated at
2%. FM is among the three most common diagnoses in ambulatory
adult rheumatology practice. To study the degree of
depression, the familial history of depression and FM, as well
as the psychological distress in our FM population, we mailed
a standardized questionnaire to 304 FM patients. The response
rate was 33%. We found BDI scores higher than 21 in 27% of the
patients indicating clinical relevant depression. The patients
had high levels of global distress measured with the SCL-90-R
as well as elevated scores in the subscales. Twenty three
percent had a familial history of depression, 46% a familial
history of FM, and 46% had been diagnosed with depression in
the past.




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