Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Past Depression Increases Risk of Physical Problems

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Past Depression Increases Risk of Physical Problems

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ORLANDO, FLA. -- Middle-aged women who have a history of depression are at increased risk for physical and functional problems even if they are not currently depressed, Joyce Bromberger, Ph.D., reported at the annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society.

These findings, from the multicenter longitudinal Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), represent the most comprehensive evaluation to date of the relationship between current health and functioning and past but not current psychiatric diagnoses. They suggest that primary care physicians should consider past psychiatric histories--particularly of depression--when evaluating female patients with physical symptoms such as headaches or neck and shoulder pain, said Dr. Bromberger of the University of Pittsburgh.

The mental health part of the SWAN included 922 women aged 42-52 years from Chicago, Newark, and Pittsburgh, all enrolled prior to menopause. Of these, 509 were white, 246 were African American, and 167 were Hispanic.

Of the 780 women who were not currently depressed at entry into the study, 12.6% (98) had a history of subthreshold depression, 14.9% (116) had experienced a single episode of major depression in the past, and 9. …

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