PTSD and Mood Disorders Common in Women with Fibromyalgia, Linked to Worse Quality of Life, Study Reports

PTSD and Mood Disorders Common in Women with Fibromyalgia, Linked to Worse Quality of Life, Study Reports
Women with fibromyalgia have a high prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar, and panic disorders, which can have a negative impact on their quality of life, according to a study. The study, “The impact of fibromyalgia syndrome and the role of comorbidity with mood and post-traumatic stress disorder in worsening the quality of life,” appeared in the International Journal of Social Psychiatry. Studies have found that PTSD and mood disorders are highly prevalent in fibromyalgia patients, but the strength of these associations have differed between studies. For PTSD, research has used only rating scales for symptoms, rather than reliable diagnoses with international classification systems. Previous research on the link between fibromyalgia and psychiatric disorders also did not use semi-structured interviews — which allows for some deviation from a list of predefined questions — conducted by psychiatrists, which the authors consider the best methodological approach. Accounting for coexisting conditions in fibromyalgia patients with psychiatric disorders is of key importance, because antidepressants are routinely used for these patients, which can have implications for those with bipolar disorder. Determining if PTSD in fibromyalgia is because of the high prevalence of mood disorders, or if it's independent, is also relevant. Assessing whether the lower quality of life in fibromyalgia patients is derived from a psychiatric disorder is also of importanc
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