People diagnosed with arthritis experience physical changes to their joints and body but may not make the connection how arthritis affects their mental and emotional health. In fact, people with arthritis are more at risk for developing mental health issues because of the interaction of anxiety, depression, and fatigue with chronic arthritis pain.
 
Arthritis Research Canada reports up to 70% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis experience anxiety and up to 38% experience depression; up to 40% of lupus patients experience anxiety and 30% experience depression. A high percentage of patients with osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and gout also experience anxiety and depression.[1]  
 
With this survey, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) hopes to understand what steps people living with arthritis take to take care of their mental health and what specific challenges they may face when accessing professional and timely care. We also want to identify how patient organizations, health care providers and the healthcare system can better support people living with arthritis with their mental health and overall wellbeing.
 
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Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey – we are very grateful for your participation. Based on participants’ responses, ACE will work to improve or build new resources to help people living with arthritis better understand the connection between arthritis and mental health and support them by providing the latest information and education.
 
[1] Arthritis Research Canada
https://www.arthritisresearch.ca/speaking-up-about-mental-health-arthritis/
 
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