The Role of Attitudes, Emotions and Relationships in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Several studies have shown that emotional stress plays a significant role in rheumatic arthritis. Arthritis sufferers are found to:
Emotional Characteristics of Rheumatoid arthritis
Experts suggest that one reason women are afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis as much as four times more frequently than men is probably "because women are taught from the early childhood that it is wrong to get angry."
Emotional factors are crucial in the development of rheumatoid arthritis. It can even be the cause of rheumatoid arthritis.
In one study conducted at the University of Rochester, researchers studied the medical records of eighty-eight children who had been treated for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. They found that 28 percent of the children had come from broken homes-a much higher percentage compared to the general population. For half of the children, the divorce or death of a parent had occurred within two years of the onset of the disease.
Heredity plays an important role in rheumatoid arthritis. However, a study conducted at the Stanford University School of Medicine, suggested that emotions can overcome genetics. The study showed that even those who are genetically predisposed to arthritis can avoid the disease by staying emotionally healthy. If you are at risk for rheumatoid arthritis, you can avoid getting the disease if you stay in good condition psychologically, the researchers suggested. On the other hand, if you're genetically predisposed, and endure long periods of anxiety and/ or depression or suffer some major emotional upset, you are at high risk for arthritis.
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