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A large-scale study of anxiety and depression in MS

Postby MSUK » Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:53 am

A large-scale study of anxiety and depression in people with MS

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Summary: This large, new study from the UK has used responses gained via the web portal of the UK MS Register to investigate the depression and anxiety profiles of people with MS, and to determine if anxiety and depression are linked to stage of disease or other demographic factors. In the 4178 respondents, anxiety and depression rates were extremely high, with over half of patients scoring highly on anxiety and depression clinical rating scales.

Women with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) were more anxious than men with RRMS and women with other MS subtypes. Patients with secondary progressive MS suffered most from depression. The outcomes from studies of this type continue to shed light the extent of mental health problems in patients with MS and will highlight the need for better mental health care of patients.... Read More - http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseact ... ageid/2304
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Re: A large-scale study of anxiety and depression in MS

Postby itaska21 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:15 pm

Hi there! Well, I just read a few different studies in reference to anxiety and depression being connected to multiple sclerosis via vitamin D defeciency at the moderate to severe level. There is a wide array of ms- related issues we face related to this vitamin alone!
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Re: A large-scale study of anxiety and depression in MS

Postby CureOrBust » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:32 pm

I think it would need to be base-lined against people with other incurable diseases that progressively worsen. And I would also be suspicious of the voluntary nature (ie random population) of a web study. Is it a case of a "squeaky hinge", or would depressed people be less likely to bother.
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Re: A large-scale study of anxiety and depression in MS

Postby elyse_peace » Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:19 pm

hi, all,
in an article that i read, it specified that persons with more lesions in the brain had more severe depression than persons with more lesions in the spinal cord.
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Re: A large-scale study of anxiety and depression in MS

Postby Cece » Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:40 pm

people with fatigue will score moderately high in the beck depression index just as people with depression will score moderately high in the fatigue index
it is not completely easy to distinguish the two
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Re: A large-scale study of anxiety and depression in MS

Postby Wonderfulworld » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:14 pm

people with fatigue will score moderately high in the beck depression index just as people with depression will score moderately high in the fatigue index
it is not completely easy to distinguish the two

I completely agree Cece. My neuro's registrar kept asking me to do the beck depression index but after about 3 visits I refused - I felt the questions would be skewed for those of us with MS with high levels of fatigue.
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