Does depression go with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

You’re all so kind. I’d like to know if depression goes with RA?

Debbie Castle
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Absolutely

Cindy Talley
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Thank you cindy. My doctor put me on generic lyrica yesterday and shared it’s also an antidepressant. I’ve been crying on the drop of a pin lately. Now I understand.

Debbie Castle 3 years

Same here, this RA has impacted my mom/wife life DRASTICALLY and every single thing makes me cry. It’s been a rough year....

Cindy Talley 3 years

yes. Depression, biologically, is a side effect of neuroinflammation - the brain is not immune to systemic inflammation

Daria Russell
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Thank you daria.

Debbie Castle 3 years

It can also be the cause of RA from a holistic point of view.

Katy Foley 3 years

Katy Foley there was one case study of a man who went into remission for RA on escitalopram (antidepressant). I've seen people whose inflammation levels steadily decreased when their anxiety and depression was treated non-pharmacologically.

Daria Russell 3 years

I really appreciate all the feedback.

Debbie Castle 3 years

Daria Russell Oh thats really interesting, I have been suffering from sadness and and depression for the past few years. Recently been treated by a homeopathic and seems to have helped.

Katy Foley 3 years
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It can. Depression can go with any chronic disease.

Lisa Harrington
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We can get depressed re our circumstances. RA is not for sissies.

Lochner Barrera
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Depression is a part of every auto immune disease, as it slowly takes up way your ability to function, as it continues to cause pain and causes you to be unable to do the things you used to do, as it isolate you from others as you don’t feel supported.

Sharon Kilgore
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Yes it does - I think it’s the constant pain, stiffness and not being able to do much physically + the medicines like prednisone and methotrexate which all add up to make one feel depressed.
Once the pain is under control, the depression goes away

Ritu Connell
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Yes it does. I'm on antidepressants and they really help

Nicole Myers
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Depression can get caused by brain inflammation. The vagus nerve connects the gut to the brain and dysbiosis in the gut will cause brain inflammation. That's why gut health also impacts mental health.

Melanie Dickey
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Wow, this is so much to learn. Thank you for sharing.

Debbie Castle 3 years

I know many people struggle with depression brought on by RD and sometimes even the meds they are on. I have been meditating a very long time and have been very blessed not to have been through that. Years ago when I used humria and enbrel it caused some anger issues and other meds just made me sick so I don't take any RX meds now.

Annette Rangel
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For some, absolutely. Doesn't happen to everyone though. A good CBT specialist can help navigate through this disease.

Yoli Cisneros
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What is a CBT specialist?

Debbie Castle 3 years

Debbie Castle Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Yoli Cisneros 3 years

Thank you

Debbie Castle 3 years

Yes it is a struggle to stay positive when you are constantly in pain and can not do things you want to do! Feel better

Jeanne Silva
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Yes

Molly Ramey
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Yes I suffered with depression when I had it bad. It's naturally going to happen because you are in so much pain and feel frustrated. I found headspace meditation and yoga really helped

Julie Powell
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Yes! https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-breakthrough-depression-solution/201111/the-brain-fire-inflammation-and-depression

Liz Tyson
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Really interesting, I had never heard the actual physiological reason for the relationship between pain and depression. All the more reason to double down on anti inflammatory diet and supplements!

Debbie Louis 3 years

Indeed

Debbie Castle 3 years

Most people who suffer from chronic pain suffer from depression

Nina Chavez
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Makes sense.....

Tutu Carey 3 years

Yes

Katerina Piper
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Yes.

Heather Shook
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Yes, it's very common! I've been going through bouts of severe depression this year and recently began seeing a therapist. It makes a big difference if you find a therapist who's right for you.

Jourdaine Wright
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Yes it does. Make sure you live by with your strong will power, your inner love, do what makes you happy and spiritual practice keeps you going stronger.

Suchandra Mobley
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I have a very strong support group with my church family. I’m blessed real big.

Debbie Castle
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I’d say

Linda William
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Absolutely!

Cindy Seymour
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I feel like depression comes with to an extent. I have moments when I am constantly reminded I can’t do a bunch of things I use to be able to do. I am not giving up though! Be strong

Matt Riley
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I'm having such depression and anxiety I feel like I could explode any minute. Time is so short and I feel guilty when I can't be everything for everybody. Sorry ya'll. Today was just not a good day.

Andrea Mcmillan
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