MS can have a significant impact on a person’s emotions, not only because MS is challenging to live with, but because it affects parts of the brain that control mood. (In other words, mood changes are considered to be a symptom of MS as well as a reaction to it.) It is essential to recognize and address changes, because state of mind, emotion and mood:
- impact how one feels physically and functions in everyday life
- affect one’s ability to adapt to change, problem-solve effectively, and participate in personal care
- (particularly depression) can negatively impact cognitive function
- are difficult for others to understand and live with, potentially causing disruptions in communication and relationships
The treatment for emotional changes
in MS involves counseling, medication if needed, and exercise.