In The News24 Jan 2011
Millions of arthritis sufferers 'are battling depression'
Millions of arthritis sufferers are battling depression because of the pain of their condition, says a new survey.
It shows three out of five people with arthritis are brought low by chronic pain, with women worst affected.
Half of young people in their 20s and 30s report that arthritis-related pain stops them going out socially and leading a normal life.
The survey by leading charity Arthritis Care shows the emotional impact of living with long-term pain is being neglected by doctors, with patients getting no advice on how they can help themselves.
Neil Betteridge, chief executive of Arthritis Care, said ‘Arthritis Care is calling on health professionals to recognise the emotional impact arthritis can have on people and to recommend self-management so that they can start to take control of their lives.’
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