Depression is more prevalent in people with MS than in the general population and may be of a reactive nature, not only at the time of diagnosis but throughout the course of the disease. Research also suggests that depression may be related to physiological tissue changes and linked to the disease process itself.
Fatigue can complicate the picture of depression but a key indicator may be low mood.
Depression responds well to antidepressant medication, and counseling.
Key Healthcare Professionals
- Family physician
- MS nurse
- Social worker.