Depression, cognitive impairment often complicate MS

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Depression, cognitive impairment often complicate MS

Postby MSUK » Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:02 am


Patients with multiple sclerosis often also manifest major depression or cognitive impairments, but these associated conditions frequently go undiagnosed or untreated, experts said at the annual congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

"The data are strong now that depression is common" in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), with a lifetime prevalence in MS patients of about 50%, said Dr. Anthony Feinstein, professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto. "There must be something particular about MS that predisposes patients to depression.

"You know that [many MS] patients are going to have major behavioral disturbances. The MS rating scales do not take this into account. They are very oriented to motor symptoms, and ignore to a large degree cognitive and behavioral disturbances," he said in an interview. "The behavioral disturbances can be profound."... Read More - ... ageid/2304
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