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Study suggests link between lupus and mental health conditions

Are you currently living with a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression? Are you also living with lupus? Have you ever wondered if the two were linked? Well, a new study out of Turkey last month may be able to answer the latter of these questions and potentially help your case if you are applying for disability benefits.

As some of our readers here in Wisconsin know, systemic lupus erythematosus, most commonly referred to as just lupus, is a chronic autoimmune disease that cause excessive inflammation. This can often damage a person’s neurological and cardiovascular systems along with internal organs as well. Cases can range from mild to life-threatening and can cause a person to become totally disabled as well. The damage to the neurological system may then be the reason why scientists in Turkey noticed an increased chance of experiencing a mood and/or personality condition in lupus patients.

The study looked at a group of 60 patients with lupus and a control group of 45 individuals who did not have the disease. When they compared the mental health assessments between both groups, they discovered that lupus patients were more likely to also have a mood or personality disorder such as anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.

As our readers can tell you, all of these mental health conditions can also be disabling for some cases and can easily force a person out of work and affect their social lives as well. The fact that scientists may have discovered a link between lupus and mental health conditions only solidifies the cases for many of these people. In the end, this could help an applicant win the benefits they need and deserve.

Source: Goodtherapy.org, "Does Lupus Increase Risk of Psychiatric Issues?" Jen Wilson, Aug. 26, 2013

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