Anxiety, Depression Often Go Hand-in-Hand With
MONDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Depression or anxiety
affect one-third of Americans with arthritis who are aged 45 or
older, a new study shows.
Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention also found that even though anxiety is nearly twice as
common as depression among people with arthritis, doctors tend to
focus more on depression in these patients.
The study included nearly 1,800 people with arthritis or other
rheumatic conditions who took part in the CDC's Arthritis
Conditions and Health Effects Survey. Among the study participants,
31 percent reported anxiety and 18 percent reported depression.
One-third of the patients reported at least one of the two
conditions and 84 percent of those with depression also had
anxiety. Only half of those with anxiety or depression sought
mental health treatment in the previous year, according to the
study, which was published in the April 30 issue of the journal
Arthritis Care & Research.
"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," study leader Dr. Louise Murphy, of the Arthritis Program at the CDC, said in a journal news release.
"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," she added.
In the United States, 27 million people age 25 and older have
osteoarthritis, and 1.3 million adults have rheumatoid arthritis,
according to the American College of Rheumatology.
The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and
Skin Diseases offers advice on how to
live with arthritis.
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