How can health psychology help people with multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Because of the increased risk of mental health disorders, and specifically depression, health psychology is an important part of treatment for a person with multiple sclerosis (MS). Health psychology services are most actively used in the following situations:
  • adjustment and coping with the diagnosis and associated fears
  • family and couples adjustment issues, including caregiver burnout and communication issues
  • noncompliance to treatment regimen
  • needle anxiety or phobia
  • pain management related to MS
  • wellness principles
  • fatigue and energy conservation
  • MS-­related mood disorders
  • relaxation skills training

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