Dr. David Lans was asked for his insight into the connection between arthritis and depression in a recent article on the Global Healthy Living Foundation’s arthritis-focused website, creakeyjoints.org. Read the full article here…

As anyone with arthritis understands, it’s not just a “joints” condition — the pain affects your whole life, including your mental health.

About 30 percent of people with rheumatoid arthritis develop depression within five years of their diagnosis, according to a British study; a separate review found that 20 percent of people with osteoarthritis experience depression or anxiety.

The link between arthritis and depression is complex. For starters, there’s the inflammation that goes along with autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis. That inflammation is what makes your joints achy, painful, and swollen, but a growing body of research suggests inflammation from arthritis can also raise the risk of depression. When the brain cells in charge of immune responses start acting up, the brain can’t like it usually does, which can contribute to mood disorders like depression, says Davis Lans, DO, FACP, a rheumatologist in New Rochelle, New York.

Read the full article here…

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