Personality Disorders Prevalent Among Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Suggests

Personality Disorders Prevalent Among Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Suggests
Personality disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive, avoidant, and histrionic behaviors, are prevalent comorbidities among patients with diagnosed fibromyalgia. This finding was reported in the report, “Prevalence of personality disorders in patients with fibromyalgia: a brief review,” published in the journal Primary Health Care Research & Development. Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain that can induce severe physical, psychological, and emotional distress. Although many advances have been made to improve the knowledge of its underlying cause, the diagnosis of fibromyalgia remains a challenge for many patients and clinicians. To better improve diagnosis and care, it is necessary for clinicians to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of the disease. A clinical evaluation of fibromyalgia patients has revealed that throughout life they often present signs of some psychiatric disorders. Indeed, many fibromyalgia patients have been described as perfectionists, introspective, demanding, and in some cases exhausting to manage. Overall, these psychological traits can have a major impact on patients, leading to a worsening functional status and higher healthcare-associated costs. "Although clinicians typically recognize certain personality characteristics or traits that can be associated with fibromyalgia, there is still a clear lack of studies about personality disorders in patients with fibromyalgia," the researchers wrote. The team reviewed the available literature up to F
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