Emotional problems

People are not usually prepared for a diagnosis of MS. Receiving a diagnosis of MS often causes emotional stress, uncertainty and anxiety. It can cause issues with a changed self image and/or role in society. Coming to terms with a big loss is like a grieving process. Typical for MS is that it isn't a one-off loss, but each new relapse brings some new and unpredictable losses with it. The grieving process doesn't necessarily start again each time; it depends on how previous episodes have been processed.

Depression and suicidal thoughts are also more common in patients with MS. Processing problems, reduced self-reliance and socio-economic implications at work and home have a significant impact on daily life.

Discussions with a partner, family and professional carers are certainly recommended to support the processing of the disease and improve stress management.