The most common emotional changes
in MS include:
- grief (and sadness): natural reactions to the type of change and loss that MS can cause in a person’s life. These feelings will likely ebb and flow over the course of the disease.
- worry, fear, moodiness, irritability and anxiety: normal in the face of unpredictability; anyone can become a bit irritable when faced with difficult challenges.
- depression: one of the most common symptoms of MS.*
Depression, persistent anxiety and extreme irritability are never “natural” or “normal.” Although very common in people with MS, these changes are as deserving of treatment as any of the physical symptoms of the disease. Changes in mood can be a significant source of pain and distress in and of themselves.
is a major risk factor for suicide. The primary reason why the risk of suicide among people with MS is unacceptably high is undiagnosed and under-treated depression.