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Cognitive Challenges, Dysfunction and Depression

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:22pm

In the Spotlight from about.com's Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D.

Cognitive Dysfunction as a Symptom of MS
Cognitive dysfunction can impact every part of your life. I think we don't realize how complicated everyday things like driving or grocery shopping are until we have a little "glitch" that makes us aware of problems with cognition.

Read the full article:Cognitive Dysfunction as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis

Facing the Cognitive Challenges of MS
Jeffrey Gingold gives a fantastic account of what he calls the "mental wheelchair" in his book, Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis. He talks very honestly about his symptoms, as well as his coping techniques (some which worked and some which didn't) as he attempted to hide his diagnosis from colleagues and clients, while working as an attorney.

Read the full review: Facing the Cognitive Challenges of MS

Depression Can Make Cognitive Dysfunction Worse
Really, when you are depressed, pretty much everything is worse, including MS symptoms like fatigue and cognitive problems. These three things are so interrelated, that they are often hard to separate on a clinical level. However, the good news is that depression can be treated and this may bring about a marked improvement in fatigue and cognitive dysfunction.

Read the entire article: Depression and Multiple Sclerosis Overview

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