Research shows arthritis and depression can go hand in hand

Jayne laid on the bed in pain with her wrist splints.

'Arthritis is commonly reported in participants with varying degrees of depression’, according to research published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. The key findings of the US study of people over 50 were shared in the Metro last week, highlighting the importance of taking a holistic view of how arthritis may affect people’s daily life, including depression and emotional well-being.

The research reports that ‘…arthritis rates among older adults with varying levels of depressive symptoms has received little attention.

‘Understanding that depressive symptoms and arthritis may be interlinked in older adults is critical when making decisions…to ensure availability and access to appropriate services.’

Versus Arthritis is committed to help people live better with the condition through all means possible. You don’t need to face arthritis alone – you can get help. We have a variety of options available for support and information, just choose what’s best for you.

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