Here is My Question:
I was recently diagnosed with MS and have become very sad? depressed? and so reading about people that are excersizng and walking/yoga, etc. makes me feel even worse because I just don't have the energy to help myself. I tried calling a few therapists where I live but they are either not taking new patients or I have to wait forever. My family is getting frustrated with me. What should I do?
A recent diagnosis of MS is a common time to become depressed and anxious. There are so many things to consider and so many uncertainties about the future that life can seem overwhelming; often people around you are unable to appreciate the effects of many early symptoms and this may affect your relationships. Finding help early is extremely important, but often difficult. The first thing is to make sure your primary care doctor and MS specialist are aware of how you are feeling. They may refer you to a specific therapist or to a local MS advocacy group. Contact an MS organization for help including the MS Association of America (MSAA), the National MS Society (NMSS) and the MS Foundation. Depending on where you live at least one of these groups should be able to provide a recommendation. In the interim there are certain things you can do to help yourself:
Rip Kinkel MD
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