Momentum, the magazine of the National MS Society, recently featured an article by Alice G. Walton, PhD, discussing the different emotional symptoms that are oftentimes experienced alongside multiple sclerosis. Grief, depression, anxiety, rapid shifts in mood, and PBA (pseudobulbar affect) are all explored and explained, and suggestions are offered on how to deal with these symptoms.
“Some MS-related mood symptoms may be a result of the disease process, some a reaction to it, and some have a complex set of causes.
The psychological changes that can occur with MS can be difficult to live with, for both the person with MS and his or her family. That said, mood changes are also among the most easily treated aspects of MS, says Deborah Miller, PhD, a social worker at the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis at the Cleveland Clinic.
Depression and anxiety are some of the most common psychological changes. Less frequently, people with MS may have pseudobulbar affect (PBA), a condition that can produce uncontrollable laughing or crying spells that are out of proportion to or disconnected from what people are feeling. And, some people with MS (the number is unknown) experience rapidly shifting moods.
‘It’s so important to manage these emotional symptoms,’ Dr. Miller says, ‘because this makes all the difference in how you manage the other symptoms.’”
Read the full article here: http://www.momentummagazineonline.com/emotional-currents-shifting-tides-moods-ms/#sthash.OXJIKuVW.d
Emotional symptoms are just as important to address with your doctor as physical symptoms.
If you or a loved one are experiencing possible symptoms of MS, or have already been diagnosed and are looking for ongoing care, please contact Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500 to schedule an appointment with a provider experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis.