Dear Editor, There is a relationship among fibromyalgia (FM), anxiety, and depression. Although there is the possibility that the distress caused by chronic pain discloses a subjacent depression, when FM patients have a comorbid psychiatric condition, these latter problems precede the FM for about 1 year in 80% of the cases (Bernik et al ., ). The literature has a large number of studies of depression in FM but very few address the reverse situation. To look into this, we studied 84 depressive patients for FM prevalence and its influence in depression's degree and quality of life. After the approval of local Committee of Ethics in Research, 84 patients with major depression (9 males; 75 females; mean age 54.3 ± 9.8 years) were studied for demographic data, presence of associated FM (Wolfe et al ., ), FM constitutional symptoms, fatigue and pain by a visual analogic scale (VAS), degree of depression by Beck inventory (Beck et al ., ), and quality of life by SF‐12 (Short Form Health Survey Inventory) (Camelier, ). We found 32/84 (38.1%) of depressive patients with FM. The comparison between patients with depression only and those with depression plus FM is found in Table
Asia-Pacific Psychiatry – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2014
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