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How do children with MS react to the stress of the disease?

Children and teens with multiple sclerosis (MS) may react to the stress of MS in a number of ways. Their reaction to their disease may also change over time. Some young people may become withdrawn, depressed and sorrowful. They may try to protect their parents from the sadness they feel. Others may have a more positive experience, forming and strengthening positive relationships. The process may happen in cycles, with alternating episodes of grief and acceptance that come and go, as the child or teen faces the challenges of living with MS.

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