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What do I need to know about depression and psoriatic arthritis (PsA)?

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Not everyone who has psoriatic arthritis have depression. But depression can go along with this condition. If you have depression symptoms, tell your doctor.

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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