A new study published in Arthritis Care & Research suggests that one third of US adults living with doctor-diagnosed arthritis (including rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, fibromyalgia, or some other form of arthritis) aged 45 or older report having anxiety, depression, or both. The study comprised a phone survey of 1,793 individuals living with arthritis from the Arthritis Condition and Health Effects Survey (ACHES) which is the most comprehensive population-based national survey of US adults with arthritis to date.
Eighteen percent of respondents reported having depression, a common
comorbidity in patients living with chronic illnesses including
rheumatoid arthritis (Murphy, 2012). In previous studies involving RA
patients, nearly 20% of patients experienced depression (Söderlin,
2000). Whether we’re talking about arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or
rheumatic diseases, it seems that rates of depression have remained
similar over time.
In the current study, almost twice as many people living with
arthritis experienced anxiety (30.5%) as compared to depression
(17.5%). Eighty-four percent of respondents with depression also
reported anxiety. Thus a significant portion of patients (14.7%) living
with arthritis experience both depression and anxiety.
Have you ever experienced depression or anxiety, or both, and do you live with a rheumatic disease?
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Anxiety is More Common in Arthritis Patients Than Depression