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Osteoarthritis Can Trigger Depression

By September 13, 2008

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Depression has been linked to certain types of arthritis but it is not usually associated with osteoarthritis -- at least not in most people's minds. But osteoarthritis can cause physical limitations that restrict people's lives so significantly it can lead to depression. While osteoarthritis may only affect a single joint in some patients, it can affect mobility or the ability to remain independent, and in turn, stir feelings of depression.

Researchers have actually pointed to certain factors that predict the severity of depression in osteoarthritis patients. It's actually more the social consequences than the physical limitations that trigger depression. Don't ignore signs of depression just because you think it doesn't match up with having osteoarthritis. Talk to your doctor if you experience signs of depression. Learn about the factors that contribute to depression in osteoarthritis patients and learn about recognizing signs of depression in Osteoarthritis and Depression.

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