Features May 2004 Issue

Fellow Travelers: Depression And Arthritis

Treating the blues may take the edge off your pain as well.

More than a century ago, the American philosopher William James described depression as “a muling, puling, mumbling mood…an attitude of unhappiness that fastens and perpetuates the trouble which occasioned it.” For countless arthritis patients, the trouble that “occasions” their depression is the constant, seemingly unendurable joint and muscle pain characteristic of the disorder. …

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