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Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Fibromyalgia

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By Source: Krag NJ; Kirregaard J; Larsen JK; Danneski • • June 1, 1994

A blinded, controlled evaluation of anxiety and depressive symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia, as measured by standardized psychometric interview scales.

The objective of the study was to evaluate the presence of psychological factors in fibromyalgia patients compared with a control group of other rheumatologic patients with pain.

Forty-nine fibromyalgia patients and 33 control patients were interviewed using standard psychological scales. Pain was scored on a visual analogue scale.

Fibromyalgia patients scored significantly higher than the controls on the Melancholia Scale, the Depression Scale and the Anxiety Scale. On a second Depression Scale there was no difference.

In both groups a correlation was found between pain score and psychological scoring. The fibromyalgia patients scored significantly higher on pain than the controls. After correcting for this difference, the fibromyalgia patients still scored higher on anxiety and depression.

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