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Arthritis and emotional wellbeing

Up to two-thirds of people with arthritis say their condition has affected them emotionally. People living with persistent pain are four times more likely to experience depression or anxiety than people living without pain.

Many people with arthritis are anxious about the impact arthritis might have on their everyday life and their future. Having arthritis can result in a loss of independence, self-esteem, the ability to work and continue social or recreational activities. These losses are risk factors for experiencing depression and anxiety. 

To learn more about arthritis and emotions, download the information sheet which provides general information about the symptoms of depression and what you can do to manage it.