What can lead to depression in people with dystonia?

Simply leading an ordinary life with dystonia can seem like an uphill battle, especially if risk factors for depression are already present. These risk factors include the following:
  • family history of depression
  • extreme stresses (including domestic and financial stress)
  • a history of recurrent depression or progressive dystonia
  • increasing disability
Even dystonia patients without any previous risk factors frequently suffer from clinical depression.

Nowhere is it more important for people to be treated for both physical and emotional health than when a person has a chronic illness and/or disability. Depression and disability have a unique relationship. An increase in disability can increase depression. Similarly, a deepening depression can have a negative effect on a person's ability to function.

This content originally appeared on the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation website at www.dystonia-foundation.org.

Continue Learning about Dystonia


When your muscles contract involuntarily, the condition is called dystonia. Dystonia causes a twisting or clenching of whatever body part is affected. For example, when you have a stroke, the affected arm and hand may be clenched ...

and held in a strange position. Dystonia can be very mild or very severe. It can make your life very difficult and this can lead to frustration, depression or anxiety. See your doctor to treat your symptoms and talk over your frustrations.

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