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Arthritis Tied to Anxiety, Depression

Friday, 04 May 2012 04:03 PM


About a third of Americans who suffer with arthritis also report having anxiety or depression, according to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC researchers, writing in the journal Arthritis Care & Research, also found that anxiety is nearly twice as common as depression among people with arthritis, despite more clinical focus on the latter mental health condition.
"Given their high prevalence and the effective treatment options that are available, we suggest that all people with arthritis be screened for anxiety and depression," said lead researcher Dr. Louise Murphy with the Arthritis Program at the CDC. "With so many arthritis patients not seeking mental health treatment, health care providers are missing an intervention opportunity that could improve the quality of life for those with arthritis."
For the study, Murphy and colleagues tracked nearly 1,800 individuals who participated in the CDC's Arthritis Conditions and Health Effects Survey — a group of U.S. adults 45 years or older with arthritis symptoms. Researchers assessed anxiety and depression based on the study participants answers to questions.
They found anxiety was more common than depression in this population at 31 percent and 18 percent, respectively. About one-third of respondents reported at least one of the two conditions, and 84 percent had both depression and anxiety. Only half of those with anxiety or depression sought treatment in the prior year.
About 27 million Americans have doctor-diagnosed osteoarthritis and 1.3 adults have rheumatoid arthritis.



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