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Should I talk to my doctor if I feel depressed during menopause and rheumatoid arthritis?

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Also talk to your doctor if you feel depressed. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis have depression as well, and although it’s not a normal part of menopause, it’s something to watch out for. Psychotherapy, exercise, and antidepressants can treat depression.

From: Menopause and RA: What to Expect WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Attipoe, S. et al. , March 2008. Journal of Women and Aging

Arthritis Foundation: “Arthritis in Women” and “Fetal DNA and Remission in Pregnant Women with RA.”

North American Menopause Foundation (NAMS): “Menopause Basics” and “New NOF Guidelines and the WHO Fracture Assessment Tool or FRAX.”

Linda Russell, MD, assistant attending physician in rheumatology, Hospital for Special Surgery; assistant professor, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York.

University of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Sex and Arthritis.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Sex and Arthritis.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 05, 2017

SOURCES:

Attipoe, S. et al. , March 2008. Journal of Women and Aging

Arthritis Foundation: “Arthritis in Women” and “Fetal DNA and Remission in Pregnant Women with RA.”

North American Menopause Foundation (NAMS): “Menopause Basics” and “New NOF Guidelines and the WHO Fracture Assessment Tool or FRAX.”

Linda Russell, MD, assistant attending physician in rheumatology, Hospital for Special Surgery; assistant professor, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York.

University of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Sex and Arthritis.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Sex and Arthritis.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 05, 2017

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