Though clinicians noted mood changes associated with multiple sclerosis as early as the 19th century, symptoms associated with mood disorder have only recently begun to receive the same degree of attention from clinicians as physical symptoms. Mood disorder is a complex issue and despite greater awareness, continues to be under-diagnosed and under-treated. This “invisible symptom” can be a direct result of the disease process, and can change over time.
We now understand that mood and physical functioning are intricately entwined, and treating one area often brings profound improvement to other aspects of an individual’s life—and to the lives of their families.
We also now recognize that while changes in mood may not be readily apparent to outside observers, their impact on a person’s life can be profound, affecting physical, social, emotional, occupational and spiritual functioning.
Fortunately, mood changes are among the most treatable symptoms of MS. With the appropriate strategies and tools in place, people with MS can live their best lives and participate actively in their own care.
and the accompanying video explore why and how people with MS experience changes in mood, and provide the latest information on how these symptoms can be addressed—from physical activity, medications and counseling to self-management strategies.