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Why is social support good for you if you have psoriatic arthritis?

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With people you’re close to, you can share your innermost feelings and they accept you -- just as you are. Their comfort and support can often offset the unpleasantness.

With their help, you may also find it easier to keep up with your treatment.

The findings are the same in study after study: People with many social contacts -- a partner, a close-knit family, a network of friends, and religious or other group connections -- live longer and have better health. So open up and reach out.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Regulating Mood to Lessen Pain," "Psych Yourself Up for Exercise."

American College of Rheumatology: "Psoriatic Arthritis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Regulating Mood to Lessen Pain," "Psych Yourself Up for Exercise."

American College of Rheumatology: "Psoriatic Arthritis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

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