Depression and Anxiety in RA
Depression and anxiety are very common in people with rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmunity. The constant pain, scheduled testing, medications, endless medical appointments, and overwhelming burden on our friends and family can often worsen these emotions.
Signs of depression and anxiety:
- Lack of motivation.
- Frequent crying.
- Labile emotions: This means extreme ups and down, without an apparent reason.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Sleeping more than usual.
- Panicked and irrational thoughts.
- Spinning thoughts.
- Inability to make decisions.
- Thoughts of suicide.
- Thoughts of harming others.
If you have any thoughts of harming yourself or others, call 911 and get help immediately!
Tips for dealing with depression and anxiety:
- Exercise! Do anything to stay active. Walk, run, bike, swim, just get moving. Lubricate those joints, get your heartrate up, and break a sweat!
- Get outdoors. Sunshine is a great way to boost your mood! Leave your phone behind, too!
- Controlling your pain can help depression and anxiety symptoms. All too often, we are slaves to our pain. When you break that cycle, you may achieve emotional freedom!
- High quality sleep! Sleep is nature’s medicine.
- Develop a strong social network. Join a support group, join a club, and explore counseling options. There are many virtual support groups, therapists, and of course my virtual program!
Ready for a free consultation? Aren’t you tired of your depression and anxiety ruling your life?!