Kosin Med J.  2011 Jun;26(1):55-58.

Relationship of Fatigue to Anxiety and Depression in Epilepsy Patients

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Kosin University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. nekim@ns.kosinmed.or.kr

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
Fatigue, anxiety and depression are common psychiatric symptoms in epilepsy patients. The aim of this study is to evaluate the relationship between fatigue and anxiety and depression in epilepsy patients.
METHODS
Subjects were 39 patients with epilepsy. The degrees of fatigue, anxiety and depression were evaluated by using Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) respectively. Univariate regression analysis was performed to assess the relationship of fatigue to anxiety and depression.
RESULTS
In patients with epilepsy, the prevalence rate of fatigue was 66.7%, and the prevalence rates of moderate to severe degree of anxiety and depression were 10.3% and 25.6% respectively. Fatigue was significantly correlated with anxiety in epilepsy patients (P < 0.01). However there was no relationship between fatigue and depression.
CONCLUSIONS
Fatigue may be correlated with anxiety in epilepsy patients.

Keyword

Anxiety; Depression; Epilepsy; Fatigue

MeSH Terms

Anxiety
Depression
Epilepsy
Fatigue
Humans
Prevalence
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