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Should I see a therapist for support if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

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If you have a lot of stress or feel anxious or depressed, seeing a therapist is a good idea. Talk to a psychologist, a social worker, or a counselor for support. Even just a few appointments can help you find ways to handle your challenges.

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: “Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Meditation Program Eases Emotional Stress of RA;” “Managing Stress;” “Stifle Your Stress;” and “Can Support Groups Help You Cope?”

Job Accommodation Network: “Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees With Arthritis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Science Daily: “Brain Pathways Linking Social Stress and Inflammation Identified.”

WebMD Health News: “Smoking May Interfere with RA Treatment” and “Quit Smoking to Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 08, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: “Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Meditation Program Eases Emotional Stress of RA;” “Managing Stress;” “Stifle Your Stress;” and “Can Support Groups Help You Cope?”

Job Accommodation Network: “Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees With Arthritis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Science Daily: “Brain Pathways Linking Social Stress and Inflammation Identified.”

WebMD Health News: “Smoking May Interfere with RA Treatment” and “Quit Smoking to Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 08, 2018

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