Healthy Living

What Depression Does to Flare Ups in a RA Patient

Battling the impact of depression in RA

In any case, seeking help plays a central role in recognizing and battling the impact of depression on RA outcomes. This is why it is imperative to act quickly when mental health becomes an issue. The earlier treatment or management begins, the less likely it is that a mental health issue will spiral out of control. Working alongside with a mental health professional, both the physical and mental aspects of RA can be addressed. “We begin by helping them understand that they do have power in this situation, and a variety of self-help techniques will help them” said Patricia Farrell, a psychologist.

Self-help techniques may include:

  • Getting RA symptoms under control.
  • Maintaining a healthy diet.
  • Staying active.
  • Prioritizing sleep.
  • Trying out talk therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Joining a support group.