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.
Living with a chronic illness can lead to depression and anxiety. Research has indicated that patients diagnosed with RA are more likely to experience depression than healthy individuals. Similarly, patients diagnosed with depression are more likely to experience anxiety. When you were first diagnosed with RA, did you feel…