If you’re currently living with arthritis and feel your condition may be taking a toll on your mental wellbeing, you’re not alone. According to the Medibank Better Health Index, 3.8 million Aussies are affected by arthritis, and new data from the Index reveals nearly one in three (31.1%) are also likely to experience mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and panic attacks.
The mental health of those with arthritis
Depression is the most common mental health condition among people living with arthritis, with 22.3% affected, compared to 16.3% of the general population. This is followed by anxiety, with 21.7% affected compared to 19.2% of the general population.