Arthritis linked to anxiety

PEOPLE with arthritis are significantly more likely to suffer depression, anxiety and have panic attacks, according to new research.

The latest analysis of the Medibank Better Health Index1 – an annual survey of more than 50,000 Australians – shows 22.3 per cent of people with arthritis had diagnosed depression, compared with 16.3 per cent of the general population.

The prevalence of diagnosed anxiety was also higher among those with arthritis, at 21.7 per cent, compared with 19.2 per cent.

People with rheumatoid arthritis were the most likely to have depression, and those with osteoarthritis were most likely to experience anxiety.

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