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What are symptoms of depression in someone who also has psoriatic arthritis?

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  • Someone who's depressed (whether they have psoriatic arthritis or not) may feel sad often and also feel: A lack of interest in things they used to enjoy
  • Guilty or worthless
  • Hopeless or down about life
  • More or less hungry than usual
  • Persistent aches and pains
  • Restless
  • Tired or like you have low energy

These are just some of the most common symptoms. Thoughts of death or suicide are major red flags. Call your doctor if you’re having these thoughts. Call 9-1-1 or a suicide prevention hotline or go to the ER right away if you’re in crisis or are about to act on them.

SOURCES:

McDonough, E.Journal of Rheumatology, published online April 2014.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Prone to depression? Your immune system may be to blame,” “Diagnosing Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Psoriatic arthritis can make it hard to work, study finds,” “The link between psoriatic disease and mental illness.”

Mayo Clinic: “Is there a link between pain and depression?”

Harvard Health Publications: “Exercise and Depression.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Suicide Prevention,”“Depression.”

Steger, M.F. Journal of Counseling Psychology, April 2009.

Sneed, R.S. Psychology and Aging, June 2013.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Treating Psoriatic Arthritis.”

Fleming, P. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, published online Dec. 10, 2014.

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 3, 2020

SOURCES:

McDonough, E.Journal of Rheumatology, published online April 2014.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Prone to depression? Your immune system may be to blame,” “Diagnosing Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Psoriatic arthritis can make it hard to work, study finds,” “The link between psoriatic disease and mental illness.”

Mayo Clinic: “Is there a link between pain and depression?”

Harvard Health Publications: “Exercise and Depression.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Suicide Prevention,”“Depression.”

Steger, M.F. Journal of Counseling Psychology, April 2009.

Sneed, R.S. Psychology and Aging, June 2013.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Treating Psoriatic Arthritis.”

Fleming, P. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, published online Dec. 10, 2014.

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 3, 2020

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