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.
Once upon a time, a few years ago, I was in a bad place. As I think back upon that time, I remember Lene Andersen telling me that if you stare into the abyss long enough, it will start to stare back at you. Lene was right, and I thank her for that revelation. Something happens to a person who endures extreme pain day after day…