Memory functioning in patients with primary fibromyalgia and major depression and healthy controls

J Psychosom Res. 1997 Mar;42(3):297-306. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3999(96)00301-7.


Memory functioning was assessed in 25 primary fibromyalgia (FM) patients by comparing them with 22 major depressed patients and 18 healthy controls. A broad range of short- and long-term memory tasks were included. Both major depressed and FM patients were significantly impaired on long-term memory tasks requiring effortful processing, compared to healthy controls. When the depressive status of the fibromyalgia patients was accounted for, only the subsample with a lifetime major depressive disorder showed memory impairment as compared with the healthy controls.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Depressive Disorder / complications*
  • Depressive Disorder / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Fibromyalgia / complications
  • Fibromyalgia / physiopathology
  • Fibromyalgia / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory Disorders / etiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests