The objective of the study was to evaluate the presence of
psychopathology in fibromyalgia patients compared with a
control group of other rheumatologic patients with pain.
Forty-nine fibromyalgia patients and 33 control patients were
interviewed blinded, using standardized psychometric scales.
Pain was scored on a visual analogue scale. Fibromyalgia
patients scored significantly higher than the controls on the
Bech-Rafaelsen Melancholia Scale, the Atypical Depression
Scale and the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale. On the Newcastle
Depression Scale there was no difference. In both groups a
correlation was found between pain score and psychometric
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
Krag NJ, Norregaard J, Larsen JK, Danneskiold-Samsoe B