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Why does my loved one with RA get angry when I try to help?

People have different ways of coping with pain, illness, and loss of function. Sometimes, when people feel that they are losing their independence, they respond by becoming angry. It doesn't mean that your loved one's anger is truly directed at you. I would recommend staying supportive but waiting for your loved one to ask for assistance before trying to help out. If the anger seems to be worsening over time, it might be worth mentioning it your loved one's physician. He or she may recommend a support group, social worker, or psychologist to your loved one to help him/ her to cope with the situation.

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