Adults with spinal cord injury are at higher risk of developing mental health disorders

Adults with spinal cord injury are at higher risk of developing mental health disorders

Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor) Apr 22 2020 In a new study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings , researchers from Michigan Medicine find adults with spinal cord injury are at a higher risk of developing mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety, compared to adults without the condition. The research team examined insurance claims data for adults, both with traumatic spinal cord injury and those without the condition, enrolled in a health insurance plan for at least three consecutive years and their diagnosis of a mental health disorder. In particular, they found adults with spinal cord injury had a higher incidence of anxiety disorders (19.3% vs 14.1%), depressive disorders (29.3% vs 9.3%), and psychological multimorbidity, or having more than two mental health conditions (37.4% vs 23.9%), as compared to adults without spinal cord injury. We also found that individuals with spinal cord injury had an increased risk of developing other chronic diseases, including cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, diabetes, liver disease, cancer, arthritis, circulatory conditions and electrolyte disorders. Which makes sense, as patients with spinal cord injuries have extreme sedentary behavior including prolonged bed rest after injury." Mark Peterson, Ph.D., M.S., FACSM, the Charles E. Lytle, Jr. Research Professor in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Michigan Medicine Related Stories



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