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J Health Psychol. 2017 May;22(6):697-706. doi: 10.1177/1359105315611957. Epub 2015 Oct 20.

Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may explain poor mental health in patients with fibromyalgia.

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1 Luther College, USA.
2
2 Mayo Clinic, USA.

Abstract

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are common in fibromyalgia patients. This study compared post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in fibromyalgia patients and healthy controls and determined whether patient-control differences in post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms mediated differences in mental health. In all, 30 patients and 30 healthy controls completed questionnaires assessing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health. Fibromyalgia patients had greater symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health than controls. Patient-control differences in mental health symptoms were fully or partially mediated by differences in post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Healthcare providers should understand the role of trauma as management of trauma symptoms may be one strategy for improving mental health.

KEYWORDS:

anxiety; depression; pain; stress; trauma

PMID:
26490627
DOI:
10.1177/1359105315611957
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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