Group Project – Final Draft
Multiple Sclerosis – The Physical and Behavioral Effects
Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, or Demyelinating disease; a disease that not many are aware of. It is “an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).” (A.D.A.M. Inc, 2011) The symptoms vary depending on the individual affected by the disease, and it also differs in duration for each symptom. In this paper, we will discuss the definition of Multiple Sclerosis, review the main symptoms affecting Multiple Sclerosis patients and their loved ones, its risk factors, how to recognize potential symptoms, the tests available, and support groups that can provide more information on this disease as well as how to
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This can affect several things alone, or in combination. The reactive or situational depression is a new set of symptoms that never happen to you before; these symptoms will limit the patients’ ability to do normal things such as cleaning, moving, walking, or even talking. This will only occur as a reaction to something happening to a friend, or family and might trigger something in the brain to react. Patients with Multiple Sclerosis might feel fear or sadness without even noticing it; the Organic Depression happens within certain part of the brain; but studies haven’t been able to pin point the exact source in the brain affected by this type of depression. Studies say that this could also be unrelated to Multiple Sclerosis, especially if there is a history of depression in the family; but at this time, it is still uncertain since there is hardly any study on Organic Depression. This type of depression only affects 15 percent of patients with Multiple Sclerosis, and may also be linked to depressive experiences in their lifetime. The medication side effect is related to the drug use in order to treat Multiple Sclerosis, and is very common for its patients to experience that type of depression.
Other symptoms of depression include sadness, loss of energy, feeling of hopelessness or worthlessness, difficulty concentrating, uncontrollable crying, difficulty making decisions, irritability, increased need for sleep, inability to fall or