Positive Experiences Decrease Depression Symptoms in MS Sufferers

Depression is one of the things that most of the multiple sclerosis sufferers have to deal with. It is said to be prevalent in people with chronic diseases such as MS.

Although there are people with MS who ultimately lead a relatively normal life, there are still many of them who have to deal with the symptoms and the treatments for the disease which can sometimes bring about added stress emotionally as well as psychologically.

In an article in the Science Daily website, researchers from two universities have discovered that people with MS who strive to increase positive experiences in their lives resulted in a decrease of symptoms of depression and a more improved overall quality of life.

In this study of people living with MS, Alexa Stuifbergen, a nursing professor and an associate dean of research at the University of Texas in Austin and Lorriane Phillips, assistant professor in the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing, were able to determine the extent of how positive experiences can greatly improve the health of people living with multiple sclerosis.

The researchers found out that the higher number of positive experiences can be associated with fewer depression symptoms and functional limitations.

In the study, the participants were asked to record the frequency of positive experiences in their lives. This exercise later on revealed that study participants with a higher number of reported positive experiences also reported lower levels of depression symptoms.

The proponents of the study stated that people with MS incorporating positive experiences and behaviors in their daily lives may be able to limit the risks as well as the costs that may be associated with treatments for depression aside form their disorder. The positive activities mentioned are easy to perform and would provide a lot of good to the lives of people with MS.

The study also mentioned that health care professionals dealing with MS patients should try to encourage them to participate in simple positive activities on a daily basis such as talking with neighbors, smelling the flowers, writing letters etc. The author of the study added that these simple positive activities may also be adopted by other people with other chronic illnesses.

 

 

 
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