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Depression was common among people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and was equally prevalent among patients with relapsing-remitting and progressive forms of the disease, suggested a cross-sectional study presented at MS Virtual 2020, the joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS meeting.

There were no group differences between people with progressive MS and relapsing-remitting MS in either depressive symptom severity or suicidal ideation, reported researchers. In this study, investigators assessed a subset of data about MS participants from a survey on quality of life in people with disabilities. In all, 573 MS patients were evaluated: 142 with progressive MS and 431 with relapsing-remitting disease. Individuals with progressive MS had mild depressive symptoms (mean PHQ-9 score 7.31 ± 5.87), as did those with relapsing-remitting MS (mean PHQ-9 score 7.10 ± 5.26). About 28% of progressive and 26% of relapsing-remitting patients had moderate-to-severe depressive symptoms. In both the study groups, nearly 10% of the patients said that over the past 2 weeks, they had thoughts that it would have been better if they were dead or of hurting themselves… (Medpage Today)

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