Consult a mental health provider regularly
All this data clearly shows us that rheumatoid arthritis doesn't just simply destroy the joints physical, but it can deteriorate our mental health as well. The condition affects every aspect of a person's life, including their interpersonal relationships, daily function, working ability, and independence.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, it's incredibly important to take care of your mind and spirit too. Don't just see your regular doctor for your medications and symptom relief. Make sure to get a mental health assessment as part of routine medical care. One Polish study found that if you diagnose any social or mental health issues earlier, there are much better success rates when implementing treatment. Many of these lucky patients can then benefit from improved professional and social lives because of the help they received preserving their mental health.