RA patients are known to have a higher rate of depression than the general population. Concerns with lifestyle, mobility and appearance contribute to poor emotional health, and concern for the future may contribute to anxiety. Through management of emotional health, though, an RA patient can live an active, healthy lifestyle with a high quality-of-life.
“I’M FINE!” Does that sound familiar? That’s the trope I use when almost anyone who is not chronically ill asks me how I am doing. Mainly I say it because I know that they don’t really want to hear how I actually feel, and if they did, they would realize that I am in pain all the time, and expressing that would get old fast. So…