- The study revealed elevated odds of depression and anxiety health care encounters and medication use among individuals with inflammatory arthritis in the 5 years pre- and post-diagnosis.
- Depression and anxiety appear to be more prevalent in patients with arthritis, influenced by a mix of biological, psychological, and social factors, including symptoms like tender and swollen joints, fatigue, and joint destruction.
- Adjustment to illness, particularly coping with the challenges of a relatively invisible disease, may contribute to an increased predisposition for depression and anxiety in individuals with inflammatory arthritis.
- The analysis utilized population-based linked administrative health data from British Columbia, Canada, identifying a cohort of adult patients with incident inflammatory arthritis, including RA, PsA, and AS, along with age- and sex-matched controls without arthritis.
- Findings highlight the bidirectional relationship between mental health and inflammatory arthritis.