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Why Do People With Multiple Sclerosis Also Have Depression?
- Depression may be the result of a difficult situation or stress. It is easy to understand how having MS, with its potential for progressing to permanent disability, can bring on depression.
- Depression may be caused by MS. MS may destroy the insulating myelin that surrounds nerves that transmit signals affecting mood.
- Depression is also a side effect of some drugs used to treat MS, such as steroids or interferon.
What Are the Symptoms of Depression?
- Loss of energy
- Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
- Loss of enjoyment from things that were once pleasurable
- Difficulty concentrating
- Uncontrollable crying
- Difficulty making decisions
- Increased need for sleep
- Inability to fall or stay asleep at night (insomnia)
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Stomachache and digestive problems
- Decreased sex drive
- Sexual problems
- A change in appetite causing weight loss or gain
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Attempting suicide
When to Seek Help for Depression With Multiple Sclerosis
- Depression is negatively affecting your life -- causing difficulties with relationships, work issues, or family disputes -- and there isn't a clear solution to these problems.
- If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts or feelings.