REPs UK PTIA REPS NZ

Many With Arthritis Experience Anxiety and Depression

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Aug 23, 2012

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Mind-body movement professionals may want to suggest mindful exercise for their clients with arthritis, since research is showing that mind-body practices can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. A study published in the journal of the American College of Rheumatology, Arthritis Care & Research (2012; doi:10.1002/acr.21685), noted that one-third of U.S. adults aged 45 and older who have arthritis also experience anxiety or depression. In this population, anxiety is almost twice as common as depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 50 million Americans have a form of arthritis and that it is the leading cause of disability.

Symptoms of anxiety may include an exaggerated sense of worry and tension, even though there is little to provoke it, or an intense, irrational fear of something that poses little to no danger. Symptoms of depression may involve irritability, sadness, withdrawal, lack of pleasure in activities and/or suicidal thoughts. Anxiety and depression often appear together, but anxiety can also be a risk factor for depression. People with arthritis are more likely to suffer from anxiety than those without arthritis. Yet, the authors of this study noted that only 50% of survey respondents with anxiety and/or depression had sought help for their condition, indicating an unmet need for treatment.

Lead study author Louise B. Murphy, PhD, from the CDC in Atlanta, said, “Given [the] high prevalence and the effective treatment options that are available, we suggest that all people with arthritis be screened for anxiety and depression. With so many arthritis patients not seeking mental health treatment, health care providers are missing an intervention opportunity that could improve the quality of life for those with arthritis.”

A study abstract is available at http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/acr.21685.

IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 9, Issue 9

© 2012 by IDEA Health & Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.

About the Author

Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA’s mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author base...

1 Comment

  • Log In to Comment
  • Heather Reade

    I enjoyed this article as it highlights the growing concern and connection with arthritis, anxiety and depression. Most of my clients have arthritis and depression, and benefit from regular Qigong classes, and most significantly from the Tai Chi for Arthritis series. Acupuncture is also gaining recognition in the West for its arthritis pain-relieving benefits, although it has been used for that purpose with great success for centuries in China. Check out: www.taichiforhealthinstitute.org or www.amovingdifference.co.uk for info on the Tai Chi for Arthritis programme and Qigong classes.
    Commented Oct 29, 2012

Trending Articles

Nuts and Peanuts Reduce Cardiovascular Risk and Prolong Lifespan

While there have been numerous studies in recent years touting the health benefits of nuts and peanuts, new research published online March ...

Smooth Move: Creative Additions to Consider for Smoothies

When looking for a quick breakfast or post-workout nourishment, almost nothing beats a smoothie. Whirl in the right ingredients and the blen...

Cut Risk of Alzheimer’s with MIND Diet

Conservative adherence to a new diet, appropriately known by the acronym MIND, could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a paper published o...

Yes, You CAN Develop Better Eating Habits

Analogous to laying out your exercise gear so it’s the first visual reminder you have of your commitment to exercise each day, imagine...

Mindful Walking

Walking can be more than just moving physically from one location to another. It can be a metaphor for your larger life journey. Things you&...

7 Ways to Help a Client Boost Adherence

Once a client has decided to make nutritional changes to support weight loss, you can play a key role in developing an action plan that is m...

20 IDEA World-Renowned Presenters Share Advice on Success and Happiness

We asked some of this year’s most influential and motivating IDEA World Fitness Convention™ presenters to share the single piece of advice they would give another fitness/health pro to hel...

Recipe for Health: Picadillo-Stuffed Peppers

If you don’t believe that authentic Mexican cookery is “whole” and healthy, you need to take a deep dive into Mexico: The Cookbook (Phaidon 2014), the first truly comprehensive bible...

Rice-Cooking Technique Cuts Calorie Absorption in Half

In a molecular gastronomy-meets-lab-science moment, researchers at the College of Chemical Sciences in Colombo, Sri Lanka, have discovered a...

Low Intensity vs. High Intensity: Which Is Best for Obese Adults?

The debate continues regarding the most effective exercise measures for reducing abdominal obesity and improving glucose measures.

Next