Arthritis and Mental Health
Adults with arthritis are more likely to have anxiety or depression symptoms than those who do not have arthritis. Of the 58.5 million adults with arthritis, over 10 million report symptoms of anxiety or depression. Adults with arthritis who are younger (aged 18 to 44 years) or who also have other chronic conditions are more likely to have anxiety or depression symptoms than other adults with arthritis.
Screen Your Patients
It is important to screen your patients with arthritis for anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. Offer care, treatment, and referrals to services. Treating mental illness may also help patients manage their pain and other arthritis symptoms better.
- Read more about the prevalence of anxiety and depression symptoms among adults with arthritis in the recent MMWR: Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression Among Adults with Arthritis—United States, 2015–2017.
- To learn more about the link between arthritis, depression, and anxiety, see the Arthritis Foundation’s page, the Arthritis-Depression ConnectionExternalexternal icon.
- The Arthritis-Mental Health Connection
- Podcast: Depression and Anxiety Among Adults with Arthritis
- How Right Now (communications campaign on emotional well-being and resiliency)
- CDC Mental Health
- US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation for universal screening for depressionexternal icon
- National Institute of Mental Healthexternal icon
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrationexternal icon
- Suicide Prevention Lifelineexternal icon