Posted by: All About MS | February 28, 2011

MANAGING THE COGNITIVE AND EMOTIONAL EFFECTS OF MS PART 7 OF 9

MANAGING THE COGNITIVE AND EMOTIONAL EFFECTS OF MS

PART 7 OF 9

Cognitive training can help people with multiple sclerosis learn to compensate for functional changes.  This may involve informal, self-help measures, or cognitive techniques that can help you learn strategies that act as a stand-in for an uncertain memory.

Much of the emotional impact of MS that is not due to neurological effects of the disease is related to feelings of uncertainty, anxiousness and helplessness.  In order to regain or maintain a feeling of confidence and of having some control over one’s life, it is very important that an individual with MS becomes informed about the disease.

If cognitive issues are affecting your self-esteem, everyday functioning, or are causing distress for you or your family, don’t keep your concerns to yourself.  Such issues are a frequent topic of discussion in MS support groups or educational meetings.  Gathering information, talking to others affected to find out how they cope, and asking MS professionals about your concerns will help you access more resources and feel less isolated.

Improving your concentration can enhance your recall.  Try focusing on one thing, such as the main point of an article, or names of characters in a book or movie, and then practice recalling them later.  Use mental pictures to hang onto things you don’t want to forget; for example, if you want to remember to take your umbrella, picture yourself getting soaked in the rain.

Should you have any health care-related questions, please call or see your physician or other health care provider promptly.

You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read here.

Users are urged, advised and specifically warned to seek the advice of a medical professional such as a physician before beginning any treatment.

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