Depression History, Stress, and Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

  title={Depression History, Stress, and Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients},
  author={Alex J. Zautra and Brendt P. Parrish and Christina M. Van Puymbroeck and Howard Tennen and Mary C. Davis and John W. Reich and Mike Irwin},
  journal={Journal of Behavioral Medicine},
This study examined the role of past episodes of depression on pain reports for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) before and during stress induction. A history of major depressive episodes was assessed by diagnostic interviews for 138 RA patients, 74 who later participated in a set of laboratory procedures designed to induce interpersonal stress. Patients were evaluated by a rheumatologist and then asked to report joint and bodily pain throughout the laboratory study. We found that RA… CONTINUE READING

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