Easing the Double Whammy of Depression and Arthritis

Treating one of these troubling conditions can help the other, but its best to treat both.

Anecdotal evidence as well as scien-tific research support the notion that pain and depression interact synergistically: The deeper your depression, the worse your pain. And when your pain is caused by arthritis, the "double whammy" can be especially debilitating, says psychologist Michael McKee, Ph.D., former vice chairman of Cleveland Clinics Department of Psychiatry and Psychology.
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