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Can depression worsen RA symptoms or make treatment less effective?

Posted October 14, 2015, 9:30 am , Updated October 29, 2015, 5:41 pm Bonnie Bermas, M.D., Contributing Editor Roughly one in six people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) suffers from depression. Common symptoms of depression, such as fatigue, achiness, and difficulty completing activities of daily life (for example, dressing, cooking, cleaning), can mimic the symptoms of an arthritis flare. It is also possible that depression can contribute to a flare. …

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