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Anxiety News: Anxiety And Depression Lower Quality Of Life In Majority Of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Patients

Posted Jun 17 2009 6:31pm

Anxiety And Depression Lower Quality Of Life In Majority Of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Patients


ScienceDaily (June 12, 2009)
— 92.8% of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) suffer anxiety and depression which significantly affects both their physical and emotional quality of life (QoL), according to the results of a new study presented today at EULAR 2009, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Dr Paola Tomietto of the University of Trieste, Italy, who conducted the study, said: "People with SLE experience a range of both psychological and physical symptoms which can negatively impact their quality of life. This study shows that the psychological impact of SLE on quality of life includes elements of anxiety and depression. Thus, clinicians should try to identify and address the presence of mood disorders in their SLE patients in order to improve both their emotional quality of life but and, ultimately, their physical functioning."

To read the complete article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090612115417.htm

Katie Goode, LMFT

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