Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
Print version ISSN 0004-282X
FRAGOSO, Yára Dadalti; SILVA, Érika Oliveira da and FINKELSZTEJN, Alessandro. Correlation between fatigue and self-esteem in patients with multiple sclerosis. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 2009, vol.67, n.3b, pp. 818-821. ISSN 0004-282X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-282X2009000500007.
OBJECTIVE: To assess the possible association of fatigue with self-esteem in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. METHOD: Thirty patients were prospectively assessed. None of them presented moderate or severe depression or anxiety and their degree of disability was low (EDSS<3.5). They had been clinically stable for at least three months and had been receiving the same medication for at least six months. Socioeconomic level was assessed. Severity of fatigue and self-esteem were evaluated using specific, validated scales. Patients with moderate to severe anxiety and/or depression were excluded. RESULTS: Low self-esteem correlated with fatigue (p=0.01), but not with any other variables, such as age, gender, EDSS, MS duration, number of relapses, mild depression and/or anxiety. CONCLUSION: Greater severity of fatigue in MS correlates with low self-esteem, thus suggesting that this chronic complaint that affects so many patients can interfere with the way in which they see and value themselves.
Keywords : fatigue; self-esteem; depression; anxiety; multiple sclerosis.