More than just a physical condition
Taking into consideration all of the elements, a worse MH score was associated with flare ups in RA patients undergoing treatment tapering. Having said that, the researchers concluded that before making any attempts to taper with an RA patient’s medication or treatment plan, their mental health should be examined. Furthermore, a mental health screening process will help healthcare providers to make more personalized treatment decisions down the line.
Depression is significantly predominant among RA patients. Some of the emotional responses to a chronic condition characterized by pain and disability are understandable and some of the somatic symptoms of depression, such as loss appetite and poor sleep, may be anticipated as part of the disorder’s course. This is why the exact concept of depression in the context of RA is hazy.