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

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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