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MS is 'difficult' to come to terms with

MS is 'difficult' to come to terms with
25th June 2012

Patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) may find it difficult to come to terms with the condition, according to one expert.

Ed Holloway, head of care and services research at the Multiple Sclerosis Society, explained that when people have just been diagnosed they may struggle to accept their condition.

Thus, it is important that they consult doctors, specialists and care facilities to better understand their illness and the support available to them.

This may take the form of helping patients manage any depression that occurs following diagnosis.

"There are [...] therapies available that can help people to think differently about their diagnosis, including helping to reduce anxiety and depression, which can be issues for people with MS," Mr Holloway said.            

Depression is a common occurrence in MS patients and it is believed that group therapy is one of the tools that can help people manage the disease.

In 2011 a study at the University of Nottingham found improvements among those patients with MS that underwent group therapy and are now investigating whether it should be included as part of NHS treatment.

Read about Barchester expertise in offering multiple sclerosis support.