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MS and Depression

July 31, 2015

Some symptoms of depression are severe enough to require medical attention and when living with a chronic illness this is especially true. While this is extremely unfortunate, this will affect around half of all of MS patients at some point of their fight with the illness.

Depression can be brought on by a large amount of things, a prevalent one being chronic illness. Diseases like multiple sclerosis have many complications and can limit one’s way of living such as affecting mobility as well as independence. These physical changes have the ability to change a person’s life. 

Having to adjust to this new way of living can lead many into a state of depression because of all this newly added stress. This gives reasoning as to why depression is one of the most common complications seen in MS patients. It doesn’t help that some drugs used to treat MS, like steroids and interferon, have depression listed as one of their side effects.

Signs of depression

While hard to diagnose on its own, as depression can commonly be confused with grief, there are many symptoms of the mental illness that can be noted. Depression is one that is mostly intense and prevents people from leading a normal and happy life.

Some signs include sadness, major loss of appetite (or sometimes a large increase), insomnia or sleeping excessively, feelings of worthlessness, problems with concentration and thinking, agitation or irritability, loss of interest and pleasure in activities you once very much enjoyed and thoughts of death or suicide.

 

If you feel worried that you might be experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek help starting with your primary doctor as they can evaluate you properly. After you have been evaluated by them, you may then be referred to a mental health care professional who can evaluate you further to treat aid you in treating your depression. 

MS & Depression - Fri July 31, 2015 3:47 PM