From a Loved One’s Perspective: Depression

During the past two weeks: 1) Have you often felt down, depressed or hopeless? 2) Have you had little interest or pleasure in doing things?

If you answered “yes” to either or both of these questions, you may be experiencing depression, one of the most common symptoms of MS.

PARTNERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS of people with MS can also experience depression.

If you answered “no” to these questions, but have low mood, you may be experiencing normal grieving or other emotional changes. People with MS—AND THEIR PARTNERS AND FAMILIES—may experience losses and the process of mourning for these losses may resemble depression. However, grief is generally time-limited and resolves on its own.

Learn more from the National MS Society about depression and MS here.

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