WebMD dedicated an article to sharing tips on how to manage depression for those with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Though no surprise to many that depression can accompany RA, the article emphasizes the various ways to combat depression.

21-year old CreakyJoints patient advocate Megan Koelzer who deal with RA-related depression notes how the support from others living with the condition on CJ social media have helped her cope. “They can fill the same role, leaving you feeling hopeful and empowered,” says Megan. She also discusses how writing in her diary helps her relieve anxiety around her emotions.

Additionally, according to the article, studies show that talking with a therapist, psychologist, or counselorcan help people with mild to moderate depression. CreakyJoints’ medical director Dr. Jonathan David Krant points out that meeting with a mental health professional can help boost self-respect and self-esteem.

For the full list of tips to better manage RA-related depression, click here.