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At Can Do MS, we know that the power of knowledge can transform lives and expand beliefs about what is possible.

These articles are written by our nationwide team of program consultants - renowned healthcare professionals dedicated to educating people living with MS and their support partners.  You will find valuable information and approaches covering our Six Dimensions of Wellness- Emotional Well-Being, Cognitive Well-Being; Home & Work; Diet, Exercise & Healthy Behaviors;  Relationships; and Spirituality.

These articles are provided as general educational resources and should not be interpreted as diagnoses, prognoses, or treatment suggestions.  Information and perspectives represent the views of the individual author(s); Can Do Multiple Sclerosis is not responsible for the accuracy or currency of the responses.  Readers should consult with their healthcare team.

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MS and Your Mood – Why It Matters & What You Can Do

By: Rosalind Kalb, PhD

Mood changes and MS are intertwined in complex ways. Some changes are caused directly by the MS disease process and related changes in the brain. Others are a reaction to the losses and stresses that are part of life with a chronic, unpredictable illness. And some may be a combination of the two. In this article, we’ll look at the kinds of mood changes that can occur, why they matter, and what can be done to manage them.

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Finding the Best Activity for You

By: Lindie Shreiner, PTA

Depression and anxiety are very common symptoms that people living with MS can experience. 20% of those with MS experience these symptoms as compared to 5% of the general population. Meanwhile, living with MS is stressful. All of these factors can make it difficult to stay in a good mood. Thankfully, exercise is a proven way to feel better, boost your mood and combat depression and anxiety.

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How to Find Support for Your Mental Health

By: Meghan Beier, PhD , Abbey Hughes, PhD

Approximately 50% of people with MS experience changes in mood, including depression and anxiety. At the same time, about two-thirds of people experience changes in cognition, such as “Cog fog” and executive functions. In this article we will explore what types of treatments are there for mood and cognition changes. You and your health care providers will explore what type of psychological or behavioral treatments are right for you.

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Taking Charge of Depression and Other Mood Changes

By: Roz Kalb, PhD & Courtney Macksoud, DPT, MSCS

Everyone has down days and times of feeling sad or blue, but people living with MS have more than their fair share. In fact, the rate of clinical depression is higher in MS than in the general population, as well as higher than in most chronic illnesses. The numbers are similar to those seen in other neuro-inflammatory diseases (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease), suggesting that the inflammation itself plays a role, along with changes in the brain and the psychosocial challenges of living with a challenging, unpredictable illness. Today, we know that depression is one of the most common symptoms of MS. Like all of the other symptoms of MS, it deserves to be diagnosed quickly and treated effectively. The good news is that depression is very treatable.

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Managing Your Depression & Moods

By: Rosalind Kalb, Ph.D and Alexander Ng, Ph.D, FACSM

The holiday season can be a time of joy and celebration with family and friends. Yet it is also the season when you cannot escape media coverage of the holiday blues or holiday stress. These changes in psychological health can all be compounded by multiple sclerosis, of which depression, altered mood, and fatigue are major symptoms.

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Managing Your Mood and Cognition issues with MS

By: Peggy Crawford, PhD & Jeff Hodgson, SLP

Some symptoms in MS, such as changes in mood and cognition, seem to be more challenging than other symptoms for individuals with MS and the people who care about them. There are several factors that likely contribute to the challenging nature of these symptoms.

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