A new digital tool aims to help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) deal with the emotional burden of their diagnosis, guiding them to focus on what matters most in their lives rather than the pain of living with MS.
It builds on prior research showing that living with MS poses many emotional challenges to patients, particularly at the time they are diagnosed and start treatment, and that the number of patients speaking of such mental health challenges as anxiety and depression has been rising over the years.
A recent survey by the MS Trust found a majority of patients struggle with emotional well-being after MS becomes a part of their lives, and that nearly three-quarters of respondents feel anxious or depressed more days several days each month. Yet, 78% were never offered mental health support to deal with their emotions.
“It is deeply concerning that so many people affected by MS are not receiving the emotional support they need,” David Martin, chief executive at the MS Trust and vice chair of the Neurological Alliance, said in a press release.
“Living with a long-term condition like MS does not only mean facing physical challenges, it can mean overcoming mental challenges too, and we believe it is absolutely vital that the support and information is out there to help people with MS, and loved-ones, who are struggling with their mental health,” Martin added.
In times of COVID-19, during which levels of fear, anxiety, and depressive symptoms have risen dramatically across the general population, it is even more important that issues of mental well-being are properly addressed in people with MS.
ACT MySelf was designed to provide mental health support to patients, but may also ease the burden on mental health services and MS nurses during a time of increased pressure on healthcare professionals.
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