Cognitive deficits are not the most typical symptoms of MS. In fact, severe cognitive impairment that makes everyday coping difficult is reported in 10 per cent of people with MS, whereas an estimated 40-50 per cent experience mild to moderate disturbances. This means that about half of those diagnosed with MS never experience cognitive impairment.
Even mild impairment may require changes in a person’s routine and habits. For example, coping at work may require extra effort and the use of aids or compensatory techniques. If cognitive deficits are not identified properly, they may be a cause for stress and misunderstanding at work and at home. They should, therefore, be recognized as early as possible, so that steps can be taken to ease the situation.
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