Type

Journal Article

Authors

Niall Tubridy
Michael Hutchinson
Christopher McGuigan
Siobhán Kelly
Katie Kinsella
Róisín Lonergan
Hanni Kiiski
Richard Reilly
Robert Whelan
Marie Claire O'Brien
and 3 others

Subjects

Psychiatry

Topics
individuals people anxiety symptom hierarchical cluster analysis depression multiple sclerosis examination

Symptom overlap in anxiety and multiple sclerosis. (2013)

Abstract BACKGROUND: The validity of self-rated anxiety inventories in people with multiple sclerosis (pwMS) is unclear. However, the appropriateness of self-reported depression scales has been widely examined. Given somatic symptom overlap between depression and MS, research emphasises caution when using such scales. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates symptom overlap between anxiety and MS in a group of 33 individuals with MS, using the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI). METHODS: Participants underwent a neurological examination and completed the BAI. RESULTS: A novel procedure using hierarchical cluster analysis revealed three distinct symptom clusters. Cluster one ('wobbliness' and 'unsteady') grouped separately from all other BAI items. These symptoms are well-recognised MS-related symptoms and we question whether their endorsement in pwMS can be considered to reflect anxiety. A modified 19-item BAI (mBAI) was created which excludes cluster one items. This removal reduced the number of MS participants considered 'anxious' by 21.21% (low threshold) and altered the level of anxiety severity for a further 27.27%. CONCLUSION: Based on these data, it is suggested that, as with depression measures, researchers and clinicians should exercise caution when using brief screening measures for anxiety in pwMS.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Niall Tubridy, Michael Hutchinson, Christopher McGuigan, Siobhán Kelly, Katie Kinsella, Róisín Lonergan, Hanni Kiiski, Richard Reilly, Robert Whelan, Marie Claire O'Brien and 3 others

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N Tubridy
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Michael Hutchinson
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Christopher McGuigan
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Siobhán Kelly
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R Lonergan
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