Cystic Fibrosis History
As the median survival rate, as reported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, continues to increase, adults with CF find themselves in uncertain and untested territory. The stress and anxiety that occurs as a result is likely to contribute to psychosocial and/or psychological impairment. It was hypothesized, by Deborah L. Anderson, PhD; Patrick A. Flume, MD, FCCP; and Kristina K. Hardy, PhDin their article Psychological Functioning of Adults with Cystic Fibrosis that "the higher prevalence of psychopathology may be related to disease severity rather than chronologic age." (Chest 2001;119;1079-1-84. DOI 10.1378/chest.119.4.1079). However, their study concluded that adults with CF do not demonstrate significant levels of depression, anxiety, or other psychopathology. The rate of clinical depression in their sample "was equivalent to that found in the general population."