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

Loren L. Toussaint, Mary O. Whipple, Ann Vincent

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-706
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

Keywords

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • pain
  • stress
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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