Psychiatric disorders in Ehlers–Danlos syndrome are frequent, diverse and strongly associated with pain

Rheumatology International

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This study looked at the link between Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and psychiatric disorders in a study involving 106 adult EDS patients in Canada.  The authors found that EDS patients were twice as likely to have a psychiatric disorder than the general population were.  Depression and anxiety were the most common disorders diagnosed in patients with EDS.  ADHD was found to be more common in patients with EDS than in the general population, something that has been noted before in children with EDS.

Pain symptoms were experienced by 89% of the patients in the study and the presence of any pain symptoms or fatigue was significantly associated with having a psychiatric disorder.   The authors conclude that research indicates that psychiatric disorders are a feature of EDS and that there is a need for screening for these disorders in EDS patients.

Published by: Springer

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Hershenfeld, S.A., Wasim, S., McNiven, V. et al. Rheumatol Int (2016) 36: 341. doi:10.1007/s00296-015-3375-1