Occurrence of depressive symptoms in Shy-Drager syndrome

Corinne E. Gill, Ramesh K. Khurana, Russell J. Hibler

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We investigated the frequency and severity of depressive symptoms among patients with Shy-Drager Syndrome (SDS) and correlated depression with the extent of the patients' disability. Data were collected from 15 patients and their spouse caregivers through a mailed questionnaire. The patients were asked to complete the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) questionnaire, while caregivers were asked to complete the self-assessment Parkinson's Disease Disability Scale and The Northwestern University Disability Scale for Parkinson's Disease. Data were statistically analyzed using descriptive statistics and Pearson-Product moment correlations. The prevalence of depressive symptoms was 85.7%; 28.6% of SDS patients scored in the moderately to severely depressed range. There was no significant correlation between the severity of depressive symptoms and disability (r = 0.02, p = 0.94) and the ability to perform activities of daily living (r = 0.0, p = 1.0). The prevalence of depressive symptoms in patients with SDS is common. The patient's level of depression does not correlate with physical disability. Pharmacologic management and interventions aimed at increasing active coping methods should improve quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Autonomic Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Multiple system atrophy
  • Shy-Drager syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Clinical Neurology


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