Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are common in people with MS. The ‘Societal Costs of MS’ study found that 38.5% of participants reported experiencing anxiety or depression or both. A lot of people who experience anxiety or depression also find that it is worse in winter months, and whilst Christmas is a wonderful and exciting time, it can also be a difficult period for people who are struggling with illness or other issues. 

Download MS Ireland’s information booklet on mood, depression and emotions 

These websites have some useful information including possible links between MS and depression:

WebMD: Depression 

MS UK Society website: Depression 

The organisation Aware has lots of information on dealing with anxiety and depression on their website, including contacts for support organisations.

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