Ankylosing Spondylitis and Depression: 6 Ways to Cope

Everyday Health—June 1, 2016

Everyday Health writer Beth Orenstein explains that living with chronic conditions like ankylosing spondylitis (AS) can increase the risk of developing depression.

According to Susan M. Goodman, MD, a rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), "The higher rates of depression and anxiety in people with AS can be related to the disease itself. Pain is a significant contributor to depression."

Adena Batterman, LCSW, senior manager of the Inflammatory Arthritis Support and Education Programs at HSS notes, "Depending on the severity of the illness, individuals may experience difficulty with everyday tasks and activities. These profound changes can contribute to feelings of sadness, frustration, and loss."

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