A large-scale study of anxiety and depression in people with MS: A survey via the web portal of the UK MS Register

 

A large-scale study of anxiety and depression in people with MS: A survey via the web portal of the UK MS Register

source: PLoS One. 2012;7(7):e41910. Epub 2012 Jul 30.

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 4178respondents, 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.

 

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