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Psychiatric conditions linked to MS disability progression

A new study, published in the journal Neurology, has linked psychiatric conditions, such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, to disability outcomes in multiple sclerosis (MS).

Researchers investigated the association between psychiatric conditions and MS disability progression in a large multiclinic population. Information was taken from population-based health administrative databases in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Nova Scotia.

A total of 2,312 incident cases of adult-onset MS were followed for a mean of 10.5 years, during which time 35.8% met criteria for mood or anxiety conditions. The presence of a mood or anxiety condition was associated with a higher Expanded Disability Status Scale score. Findings were statistically significant among women, but not men.

Researchers concluded that the presence of psychiatric conditions, which were common in this incident MS cohort, increased the severity of subsequent neurologic disability. They said: “Optimising management of psychiatric comorbidities should be explored as a means of potentially mitigating disability progression in MS.”

Source: MS-UK 27/03/18

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