Navigation Links
Depression May Blur Memory of Aches and Pains
Date:11/3/2009

Expert suggests having people write down symptoms as they occur

TUESDAY, Nov. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Depressed people tend to report more physical symptoms than they actually experience, a new study finds.

The study involved 109 women who completed questionnaires designed to assess their levels of neuroticism and depression. For the next three weeks, they kept daily records of whether they felt any of 15 common physical symptoms, including aches and pains, gastrointestinal problems and upper-respiratory issues.

At the end of the three-week period, the women were asked to recall how often they'd experienced each symptom. Those who had a higher depression score at the start of the study were more likely to overstate the frequency of their symptoms.

"People who felt depressed made the most errors when asked to remember their physical symptoms," psychologist Jerry Suls, a professor and collegiate fellow at the University of Iowa said in a university news release. "They tended to exaggerate their experience."

It's long been believed that a high level of neuroticism -- a general disposition that includes irritability, sadness, anxiety and fear -- is associated with exaggerated reporting of physical symptoms. But the study suggests that a more likely reason is depression.

"For 30 years, the hypothesis has been that neuroticism is behind inflated reports of symptoms," Suls said. "We're saying no -- depression appears to be the big player. We discovered that people high in neuroticism but low in depression are not likely to mis-remember symptoms."

The findings, published online Oct. 15 in Psychosomatic Medicine, are important, Suls said, because symptoms reported by patients play a major role in doctors' diagnosis and treatment decisions.

"Depressed individuals and their physicians shouldn't discount common symptoms because they can indicate serious problems," he said. "However, since we now know that depressed individuals tend to over-remember the frequency of symptoms, it wouldn't hurt to encourage patients to write down their symptoms as they're happening. That way the patient and doctor have an accurate record of what has been going on, rather than relying on memory."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about depression.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of Iowa, news release, Oct. 28, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Phone Counseling for Depression Rings With Promise
2. Depression Often Goes Untreated in Working Moms
3. Positive Data from Arena Pharmaceuticals Pivotal BLOOM Trial Demonstrate that Lorcaserin Significantly Improved Markers of Cardiovascular Risk and Glycemic Parameters and was not Associated with Depression or Suicidal Ideation
4. Constant Light Linked to Symptoms of Depression
5. Depression in older cancer patients can be effectively treated with collaborative approach
6. Fine-tuning treatments for depression
7. New Brain Stimulation Treatment May Offer Hope For Those With Treatment Resistant Depression
8. New brain stimulation treatment may offer hope for those with treatment resistant depression
9. Organized phone therapy for depression found cost-effective
10. Recession Adds to Ranks of Americans With Depression
11. ACPM recommends primary care have systems in place for screening and treating depression
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh has posted a new publication this ... generation is a time like no other and society needs to understand the only way ... does not want to sound like an old bible beater because religion has a bad ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... Bionic Sports Nutrition LLC, an American company devoted to developing high-quality nutritional ... ECRM Trade Show in Hilton Head, SC. , Bionic Sports Nutrition manufactures its ... products to all clients at reasonable prices. At the ECRM trade show, it had ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... International Protein, a company based out of Australia that focuses on developing ... trade show in Hilton Head, SC. , International Protein was founded by Christine ... of products that would elevate her fitness regime. At this ECRM trade show, Envall ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... Vitamin Well ... VW+ 002. The drinks have been produced in collaboration with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and ... your workout. , After a successful launch in Sweden last year, the next ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... “Code Word: Chocolate Biscuit”: a biographical account following a man who went on to support ... author, Marlyn Ivey, born in Lynn Haven, Florida and at the age of 5, his ... of age, he joined the Navy and got married right out of boot camp. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 19, 2017 This report ... current and future scenario of the global market. Large ... opioid consumption. Severe chronic constipation is a major side ... traditional laxatives. Hence, novel targeted therapy has been prescribed ... sufferers, launch of targeted medicines, and growing awareness about ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Incretin Mimetics/GLP-1 Agonists, SNDRIs, Lipase Inhibitors, Serotonin Receptor Agonists, Sympathomimetic-GABA ... drugs market is expected to grow at a CAGR of ... of 38.7% in the second half of the forecast period. The ... 2016 to 2027. The market is estimated at $1,058 million in ... ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... 2017  Abaxis, Inc. (NasdaqGS: ABAX ), ... and consumables for the medical and veterinary markets worldwide, ... results for the third quarter fiscal year 2017, ended ... p.m. ET on Thursday, January 26, 2017.  The Company ... year 2017 after the market closes on Thursday, January ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: