Understanding depression and MS
Depression is an intense feeling of sadness or despair for long periods of time, often without any obvious reason. It can be a symptom of MS or develop as a result of a diagnosis or a change in condition.
That’s 3x higher than
the general population
Two most common signs:
Persistently feeling sad or empty with a low mood
Ongoing, reduced interest or pleasure in all or most normal activities (e.g. eating, reading or socialising)
Learn more about the other signs of depression here
Sunshine, warmth, light and fresh air
Healthy living and stress reduction
Counselling or psychological therapies
If you think you have depression, discuss your needs with your neurologist and ask about the management options that are best for you. If taking medication, ask about which treatment is best for you as it may interact with your MS medicine.
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Get physical with advice for doing regular exercise
Stay in touch with family and friends with these ideas