Study Reviews Incidence, Impact of Personality Traits in Fibromyalgia

Study Reviews Incidence, Impact of Personality Traits in Fibromyalgia
A lack of emotional self-awareness and a distressed personality are traits often described in patients with fibromyalgia. However, if depression associated with this disease is controlled, the incidence of these personality traits is no different from the general population, a review study from Italy shows. The study, "Personality Traits in Fibromyalgia (FM): Does FM Personality Exists? A Systematic Review,” was published in the journal Clinical Practice & Epidemiology in Mental Health. Several studies have reported that psychiatric conditions of various kinds can co-exist with fibromyalgia, including mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Specifically, reports have noted that 20-80% of fibromyalgia patients suffer from major depression, while many patients may also experience persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) and generalized anxiety disorder. Researchers have tried to better understand the personality profile of patients and how it could impact fibromyalgia and its progression. But the results are controversial, with studies reporting different patient groups based on the co-existence of personality disorders, while other failed to find significant changes between incidence of personality disorders in fibromyalgia patients and healthy volunteers. For more understanding on the subject, a team led by researchers at the University of Pisa in Italy reviewed the available data published in 21 studies that evaluated personality traits in fibromyalgia patients. According to the studies’ results, patients may experience changes in the way the brain manages executive functions related to planning, working memory, attention, and inhibition. Given so, “the presence of alterations in both attentional and emotional aspects of information proce
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