Rheumatoid Arthritis and Mental Health: What You Need to Know

Written by Catherine Lovering | HealthLine

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has many physical symptoms. But those living with RA may also experience mental health issues that may be related to the condition. Mental health refers to your emotional and psychological well-being.

Scientists aren’t sure about all of the connections between RA and mental wellness, but new research provides insight. Some of the same processes of inflammation that cause RA are also linked to depression.

Paying attention to your emotional and mental state is an important aspect of your overall well-being, and may even impact how you manage RA. If you have concerns about anxiety, depression, or changes in mood, let your doctor know. Your doctor can learn about your symptoms, ask additional questions, and suggest options for lifestyle changes, therapy, and treatment.

Read on to learn more about the connection between RA and mental health, including the links between RA, depression, and anxiety.

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