With lupus, the immune system attacks instead of protects the body, including the brain and nervous system. Lupus and its treatments can impair mental & emotional health.
Neuropsychiatric lupus affects
80-90% of people with lupus.
Neuropsychiatric lupus describes feelings of depression, headaches, and lupus fog — trouble thinking or remembering due to lupus.
25% of lupus patients experience major depression and 37% have major anxiety, research shows.
Pain, fatigue, and other symptoms of lupus can make it hard to work, socialize or do things you enjoy.
Your doctor can help relieve mental health issues caused by lupus, often by changing medications or adding one for anxiety or depression.