Guest Post: Dealing With Depression in Rheumatoid Arthritis


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Can you imagine a life when each moment and step is painful? No, we are not talking about getting old where taking HGH supplements can make you feel like young as before. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease of the joints that can happen to people of any age. The joints are swollen and painful. Moving through life is an uphill task. In times of flares, even medicines fail to help RA sufferers much.

Managing even everyday tasks, like taking a hair wash, opening cans, or wearing your clothes begin to seem like a task to chronic RA sufferers. Many of them are thereby often left depending on others for their daily chores. Such a health situation when you need help at every step is not only painful to the body but also to the mind, leading to depression.

Guilt for not being able to do your part in a relationship, having to give up all the things that you love, like dancing, aerobics, et al eventually gets onto the psyche of RA patients. The worst part is, they may “seem” healthy to people when they are actually not. As a result, most people fail to understand them.

If you are also a RA patient, you could well relate to what is being talked about here. However, there is no need for you to feel depressed. Chase away the negative thoughts that clog your mind with these tips that are given below.

  1. Be Social – The first step that you must take is to stop being a recluse. Contrary to what you believe, your friends miss you and do not think of you as a freak. So what if you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis? There are many more people like you. Go out and do all that you love and be with other people. Get over the limp that you have by not thinking about it. It is only in your mind.
  2. Sleep Well – It is essential to have quality sleep for your physical wellness. When you do not sleep well or for the requisite number of hours, you will be irritated and tired. It has been stressed time and again that lack of sleep leads to depression and anxiety.
  3. Seek Help – There is no shame is seeking help or accepting the help of others who offer it. Do feel offended. Remember that you cannot do everything yourself and rather than shrug away the help, accept it gracefully. You will be stronger for it. Let your family members and loved ones help you.
  4. Join A RA Support Group – There are numerous RA support groups having other people suffering from the disease. Talk to them and learn from their experiences. Knowing how they cope with their painful life will help you find a solution to your problems. Maybe, you will find that there are people who are worse off than you. One RA community hat is quite popular on the Internet is the RA Warrior Community where people suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis share their emotions and lives with others.

Your life is not over till you finish it. Don’t let RA make you stop living. Talk to your partner or friend and get over the negative feeling that bother you.

Salina Gomes is a freelance writer and a RA patient herself. She recommends taking ample sleep to feel healthy. If you are an insomniac, you can order Ambien online as there is nothing that revives a RA patient better than sound sleep.

3 thoughts on “Guest Post: Dealing With Depression in Rheumatoid Arthritis

  1. My limp is not all in my head. Both of my knees are gone after 23 years of R/A. I am 56 yrs old. I don’t care about anything any more and do not wish to show up for the rest of my life. I also have fibromyalgia and am unable to take anything but herbs for the pain of these two painful conditions.Life just isn’t that great that is should be worth all this suffering. Too bad they threw Dr Kevorkian in jail and he is now deceased. I am not interested in anti- depressants since they are just a way to try to make me accept something that should never have happened to me. I will be consulting a doctor about knee replacement and I don’t care if it is successful or not. My whole body aches not just my knees. I spend 4-6 days a week in bed since this last 3 years of climate change have taken place in this San Francisco Bay Area. Low pressure from Alaska is almost always present.

  2. Your statement “can happen to people of any age” strikes me. It is important for everyone to understand this– though arthritis is typically associated with older generations, it is nevertheless common among young adults.

    • omg i had no idea that Arthritis could be so siruoes. I have Childrens Arthritis, but only in my left knee, and it’s the easiest kind to treat. I hope that someday they find a cure for Arthritis:)

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