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Table 3 Stress-related presenting complaints during the two years preceding the receipt of the diagnosis exhaustion disorder, by gender and age group (n = 115)

From: Symptoms that may be stress-related and lead to exhaustion disorder: a retrospective medical chart review in Swedish primary care

Complaint Total (n = 115)
n (%)
Women (n = 88)
n (%)
Men (n = 27)
n (%)
p-value <  40 years (n = 34)
n (%)
40+ years (n = 81)
n (%)
p-value
Infection 56 (49) 44 (50) 12 (44) 0.613 16 (47) 40 (49) 0.820
Anxiety/depression 53 (46) 39 (44) 14 (52) 0.492 14 (41) 39 (48) 0.494
Stress 45 (39) 36 (41) 9 (33) 0.490 11 (32) 34 (42) 0.335
Other pain 41 (36) 34 (39) 7 (26) 0.228 9 (26) 32 (40) 0.183
Fatigue 40 (35) 33 (38) 7 (26) 0.269 6 (18) 34 (42) 0.012
Gastrointestinal symptoms 38 (33) 29 (33) 9 (33) 0.971 11 (32) 27 (33) 0.919
Sleep disturbance 36 (31) 27 (31) 9 (33) 0.795 10 (29) 26 (32) 0.777
Headache 17 (15) 15 (17) 2 (7) 0.217 4 (12) 13 (16) 0.555
Dizziness 17 (15) 15 (17) 2 (7) 0.217 5 (15) 12 (15) 0.988
Chest pain 16 (14) 12 (13) 4 (15) 0.877 6 (18) 10 (12) 0.453
Back pain 15 (13) 14 (16) 1 (4) 0.099 1 (3) 14 (17) 0.037
High blood pressure 13 (11) 10 (11) 3 (11) 0.971 1 (3) 12 (15) 0.067
Palpitations 9 (8) 8 (9) 1 (4) 0.362 1 (3) 8 (10) 0.206
Other complaints 24 (21) 21 (24) 3 (11) 0.154 7 (21) 17 (21) 0.962
  1. Differences between genders and age groups were analysed using Chi square. Bold numbers indicate a significant difference