Learn Effective Coping Strategies to Break Arthritis-Depression Cycle
Patients who take an active, optimistic approach fare better than patients with passive coping skills.
A study published in the August 2007 American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry looked at how pain, including pain caused by arthritis, affected patients’ treatment for depression. "Pain," it concluded, "may be an important barrier to improvement of depression, and attending to pain might produce better depression outcomes." The opposite also holds true—that getting treatment for depression can have a positive effect on arthritis pain, according to Dana Brendza, Psy.D., a clinical health psychologist and program director of the Health Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Psychiatry and Psychology.