Positive attitude linked to fewer rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
By Stephen Feller
Researchers found that rheumatoid arthritis patients who reported more positive mood moments during the day had less pain and fewer arthritis-related restrictions than those who reported greater depressive symptoms.
Arthritis is known to cause depression in patients because of pain that restricts movements and activities. Where previous studies have linked end-of-day mood to increased or decreased pain among arthritis patients, this is the first to measure mood throughout the day.