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How can I help with the emotional challenges of arthritis?

The effect of arthritis on mood

It’s normal for people with arthritis to experience a wide range of emotions. Encourage them to focus on positive experiences and think about what they can do rather than things they have difficulty with.

People with chronic conditions such as arthritis are more likely to be diagnosed with clinical depression. If you’re worried that the person you’re caring for may be affected by depression, encourage them to seek help from their doctor.

Arthritis and confidence

Having arthritis can make some people feel less self-confident. Your support, if wanted, can increase their confidence and help them to keep an active social life. Keeping up their personal appearance, as well as regular socialising, can help keep self-confidence levels high.

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