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Rheumatoid Arthritis Has Far-Reaching Social Implications

U.S. News & World Report—September 1, 2017

U.S. News & World Report featured Adena Batterman, MSW, LCSW, HSS social worker and senior manager of the inflammatory arthritis support and education program, in an article about how rheumatoid arthritis can affect a person’s social life.

Batterman said “mental health and [the] emotional impact of [RA] are rarely brought up by physicians.” She added that studies show that patients would welcome the opportunity  to discuss these issues if given the opening.

However, she stressed that patients should not wait for their physicians to bring up the subject. “People with RA who feel they might be experiencing signs or symptoms of depression, anxiety and changes in mood should know that reporting these symptoms to their health care provider is as important as discussing joint pain and fatigue.”

Read the full article at health.usnews.com

 

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