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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Both Work and Play More Difficult for People with MS

At the annual conference of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS 2012), research was presented that showed that it is harder for many people with MS to maintain the same amount of working hours as before disease onset. While this in itself is not surprising, what I found rather shocking was that this difficulty begins within 24 months of diagnosis with MS or a clinically-isolated syndrome. Read the full blog on the National MS Society website: Why is it harder to work with MS?
However, it is not just work that is a challenge for us. Research from Germany reveals that people with MS also struggle with social situations, due to impaired "social cognition." Social cognition is the gathering and processing of information about other people. 
It is this information that guides how we are going to behave in social settings. Turns out that people with MS can't do this as efficiently as other people, so we end up struggling in social situations, not always knowing what is expected of us. In other words, relating to other people no longer comes naturally. This can cause us to appear strange or standoffish, which in turn can cause us to feel stressed out and lonely. Read the full blog here: Why are social situations hard for people with MS?
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