What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple Sclerosis is a severely debilitating disease that has claimed upwards of 20,000 lives worldwide since the last three years alone.
Typically afflicting individuals from 20 to 50 years old, this malady attacks the nervous system, leaving all the other reliant body systems cut off and impeded from functioning, if not halting its function entirely.
In addition to its serious effects, however, patients are likely to develop significant emotional damage upon finding out that they have multiple sclerosis.
Symptoms of having MS
Multiple Sclerosis has many symptoms that do not come all at once and can develop into a wide range of physical disabilities. This uncertainty about the exact nature or gravity of the situation inflicts fear and anxiety upon patients with the disease.
Demyelination and damage to the parts of the brain that control emotion is also factors that affect adverse emotional changes.
In addition, some medications can also play a part in shifts in emotion that the patient may experience.
Seeing as how serious MS is, most patients tend to neglect their emotional well-being in favor of focusing their energies on trying to heal themselves physically. Changes in the body and mind brought about by MS can either be positive or negative, the rate of change happening is unpredictable, and whether it will stay that way for life or not is not certain. As such, coping with the changes brought about by multiple sclerosis is an important factor in the treatment of patients diagnosed with the disease.
It is quite normal for individuals with MS to grieve; for their loss of ability to walk, work, play, and other activities. This usually comes from the mourning for the abilities that built up one’s self-image. This reaction can sometimes be due to depression. However, grief wears off in time, and the patient’s general outlook on life should equalize eventually.
Patients having Multiple Sclerosis may have depression if persists
Clinical depression is a much more serious matter, as it has a much graver impact and persists for a far longer time period.
People who are diagnosed with MS should undergo grief counseling to speed the process of recovery along. However, patients and their families should also keep a close watch for symptoms of depression.
If the patient expresses lack of interest or pleasure, projects a general air of loneliness and hopelessness that persists for more than two weeks, chances are they have depression.