Researchers have found that arthritis is linked to depression or anxiety.
This research has been published online in the journal Arthritis Care and Research.
[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /]Researchers have found that although anxiety or depression is found in one-third of the people with arthritis but anxiety is even more common than depression in people with arthritis. They worked on about 1800 people over age 45 and found that 31% of them show the symptoms of anxiety but 18% showed the symptoms of depression. About 50% of people said that they took medication or any therapy for those conditions in the past year.
“The emotional consequences of arthritis are high,” says researcher Louise Murphy, PhD. She is an epidemiologist in the division of population health at the CDC in Atlanta.
Anxiety is commonly seen on the face of the arthritic patients. One doctor told WebMD: “If a person is concerned that they are not going to be able to take care of their family or go to work, they are going to be anxious about that.”
Researchers have reported that 84% of depressed people also had anxiety, while 50% of those with anxiety were also depressed.
Doctors said exercise, effective pain treatment and counseling may help the patients of arthritis.