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Mental health

The emotional effects of MS often go undiagnosed. This doesn't mean there aren't ways to manage them.

It's not unusual to experience depression, stress and anxiety when you have MS. Medication, talking therapies and self-help techniques can all make it easier to cope.

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Causes of mental health problems

The causes of mood, emotional and behavioural changes in people with MS are not well understood, and a variety of factors can contribute to them.
Read about the causes of mental health problems

Depression

Up to half of people with MS might experience depression at some point. It is often misunderstood, and it can be hard to get a diagnosis. But even without a 'label', there are ways to work on improving how you feel.
Read about depression

Stress and anxiety

It’s impossible to avoid it completely, but stress affects a body’s ability to fight disease – so it’s important to learn ways of managing it as much as possible.
Read about stress and anxiety

Other mood and behaviour changes 

While many with MS will experience depression or anxiety at some point, more rarely, some people experience changes to their emotions or behaviour that don’t seem to make sense, or that they aren’t able to control.
Find out about other mood and behaviour changes
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It’s not always easy to be kind to yourself when you feel your body is betraying you, but the time spent practising counselling skills helped me to look at things differently and tune into the changes I was experiencing. Noor, who uses yoga and mindfulness to help manage her MS
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