Fifty (50) adult patients attending the maxillofacial outpatient clinic following facial trauma were asked to complete the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), over a period of two months, from June 2008 to Aug 2008. Data gathered from this group of patients was compared to 50 adult control subjects who were under follow-up following elective oral and maxillofacial surgery. Researchers also looked at several demographic and other variables to assess its association with poor mental health outcomes.
Ten patients (20%) in the facial trauma group achieved high scores suggestive of a probable state of anxiety and depression. The mean score for depression was significantly higher in the facial trauma group compared to the control group. Additionally, other variables significantly associated with high depression scores in the facial trauma group were female sex, presence of a permanent facial scar, and a past psychiatric history. There was also significant correlation between patients' self-perception of facial disfigurement and scores obtained for both anxiety and depression.
This study supports the critical need for the identification and treatment of depression and anxiety in patients that suffer scarring from facial trauma.
1. Islam S, Ahmed M, Walton GM, Dinan TG, Hoffman GR. The association between depression and anxiety disorders following facial trauma – a comparative study. Injury. 2010 Jan;41(1):92-
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