Self-reported depressive symptoms in myasthenia gravis

Justin Fisher, Kari Parkinson, Milind J. Kothari

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It is well known that patients with a chronic medical illness experience major depression at a higher rate than the general population. The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of depression among patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) who were referred to a Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic. Forty-five patients with a diagnosis of MG were evaluated with a self-administered survey regarding various typical somatic and psychologic symptoms of depression (the Beck Depression Inventory [BDI]) and then scored according to the BDI guidelines. Thirty-three percent of these patients generated scores suggestive of depression (24% were categorized as mildly depressed, 7% as moderately depressed, and 2% as severely depressed). These results suggest that patients with MG patients experience depression at a higher rate than the general population and at a similar rate as patients with other chronic illnesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-108
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of clinical neuromuscular disease
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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