Many patients with myotonic dystrophy feel tired. Clicians see these as fatigue which can affect a patients life significantly. A recent study that we are reviewing stated that it may be a combination of fatigue and depression. Depression has been noted in many myotonic dystrophy patients. Here is the conclusion of the study
In summary, these data shows a significantly higher prevalence of perceived fatigue in patients with DM1 than in matched healthy control subjects, with an experienced impact on physical and psychosocial domains.These findings support the inclusion of fatigue as a main target for treatment interventions aimed to reduce fatigue through cognitive behavioral therapy and graded exercise. Such an intervention was recently applied and shown to reduce fatigue,increase activity and improve social participation .