How rheumatoid arthritis affects mental health, and advice for new patients: Claire's story


Rheumatoid arthritis patients Claire and Cheryl discuss the effects of chronic illness on mental health, and Claire provides her advice for newly diagnosed patients.

1) (Minute 0:08) – How Claire’s mental health was affected by her rheumatoid arthritis: grieving the life she thought she’d have.
2) (Minute 2:10) – How therapy helps with acceptance and adjustment.
3) (Minute 3:20) – Acceptance & Grief are an up and down process
4) (Minute 5:06) – How to find a good fit with a therapist
5) (Minute 6:37) – Advice for newly diagnosed patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

This is part 3 of a 6 part interview series.
Part 1 is about pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and parenting with arthritis: https://youtu.be/3iGnTduYW1Y
Part 2 is about Claire’s diagnosis story and is available here: https://youtu.be/lTxUeIAC5os
Part 3 is about how Rheumatoid Arthritis affects Mental Health and is available here: https://youtu.be/Nlu0O4Vrxrw
Part 4 is about how work life is affected by RA and is available here: https://youtu.be/HaAJdes7vkE
Part 5 is about how RA affects family, friendships and fatigue and is available here: https://youtu.be/aOcgjxt-lhU
Part 6 is about medications, advocacy and patient provider relationships: https://youtu.be/e6H7ScMUg-I

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