General Article Survey reveals enormous hidden impact of arthritis on mental wellbeing

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A survey released by Arthritis Care (Tuesday 9 May) reveals the enormous hidden impact that living with arthritis is having on mental wellbeing.

More than 3,000 people with arthritis responded to the charity’s survey from across the UK and of those, 79% (four out of five) said their condition made them feel anxious or depressed.

Arthritis affects one-fifth of adults in the UK, that’s ten million people living with arthritis.

The charity is sharing the survey findings in Arthritis Care Week (8–14 May) to launch Wake up to Arthritis, a new campaign to raise awareness of the seriousness of arthritis.

Key survey findings:

  • 79% (four in five) feel anxious or depressed because of their arthritis
  • 80% (four in five) have given up activities they enjoy
  • Half (50%) feel isolated or lonely because of their arthritis, with 47% having lost contact with friends
  • Only 43% felt able to manage their

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