EDS refers to a group of disorders that affect the connective tissue, making it weak and easy to damage. Connective tissue gives structure and support to joints, skin, blood vessels, and organs. Weakening in the connective tissue causes mobility issues and raises the risk of injury for patients, potentially leading to mental health problems.
What mental health problems are common in EDS?
What causes mental health problems?
Genetics plays a role in mental health, though researchers don’t know the extent of this connection. A person’s genetic blueprint may predispose them to developing mental health issues, but the environment may be responsible for the development of symptoms.
Pain is one of the main factors contributing to mental health problems in EDS. Many patients may also be anxious about experiencing dislocations as they go about their daily lives. The disease may cause sleep disturbances, resulting in a lack of enough restful sleep. Finally, chronic fatigue can exacerbate or contribute to mental health problems.
How common are psychiatric disorders in EDS?
Because other types of EDS are rarer, researchers have conducted few studies on mental health and psychiatric problems on these patients.
Last updated: June 10, 2020
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