Category Archives: psychological health

Relationships and MS…

At some point, most of us are confronted with having to tell someone; whether it’s a significant other, potential partner, friend or family, about our struggles with multiple sclerosis.  Choosing to disclose the illness; no matter who is listening, is … Continue reading

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Peer Support for MS Sufferers.

Connecting with another person who knows first hand what we are going through is essential when confronted with a life changing diagnosis such as MS.  Peer support groups or peer telephone support are great ways to meet new people that … Continue reading

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Receiving a Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

The initial diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (also known as MS) is scary.  We feel a wide range of emotions of everything from shock to relief.  Typically by the time diagnosis is reached, we’ve been through a battery of tests and … Continue reading

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The Psychological Side of MS

Awareness of psychological and emotional issues is important for patients suffering with Multiple Sclerosis.  Sometimes the issues are directly related to the disease (an actual symptom) and other times they are secondary to the diagnosis, medication, or the symptoms experienced … Continue reading

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The well meaning, unhelpful approach

Forums everywhere devoted to chronic diseases seem to have one common thread among them; how to deal with well meaning people that say the worst possible things to those suffering. Being misunderstood hurts.  Lets face it, many people out there … Continue reading

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Managing Fatigue

Fatigue is a common symptom for those with Multiple Sclerosis that is experienced as a daily lack of energy, an excessive all-over body tiredness, and is generally not relieved by sleep.  This symptom has a dramatic effect on one’s quality … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Animals

Animals play an important role as companions in the lives of people, and have, since prehistoric times.  The first therapeutic use of animals is thought to date back to ninth century Belgium. In the United States pet therapy began with … Continue reading

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A Field Guide (Employment and MS)

Many of us who have MS try to balance our disease with what we can and can’t do in our private lives as well as our professional lives. Questions about whether we should tell our employer, how much does our … Continue reading

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

When is the last time you laughed so hard it brought tears to your eyes or made your sides hurt?  Humor is the most infectious way to break ice and bond with people but did you know that laughter is … Continue reading

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Monitoring Cognitive Decline in MS or Cog-Fog the Untold Story

Monitoring Cognitive Decline in Multiple Sclerosis Many Multiple Sclerosis patients experience a condition referred to as “Cog-Fog”. Cog-Fog varies from person to person but the majority of complaints come in the form of; loss of memory, inability to concentrate, language … Continue reading

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