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In case you don’t get an answer - it depends on the type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis (the “wear and tear” kind usually associate with getting old) affects mostly joints. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is a systemic disorder involving inflammation and the immune system. While mostly associated with damaged joints, it can affect the whole body, including organs. For example, I have rheumatoid nodules in my lungs.

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I have a friend who suffers from VERY severe bouts of depression. She is getting professional help and her partner is supportive and takes care of her. But I always feel like there must be something that I as a friend could do better on her dark days, other than saying "I'm here for you if if need to talk." And then just waiting. What can people do who have loved ones who are dealing with mental health issues?