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The Reality of Depression, Anxiety, and Emotional Symptoms of MS

Many people who have MS experience not only physical symptoms like spasticity, pain, and weakness, but also emotional symptoms like depression and anxiety. Unfortunately there is a stigma associated with mental health in general, which can make it even more challenging for people to seek treatment. So I wanted to share my personal story in hopes that it may help others in the MS community.

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  • Pamodie
    2 weeks ago

    I have been so depressed for about a month. I get told to cheer up, or people have it worst than you, what are you depressed about? Any words of wisdom would help. Is they’re a med that doesn’t have weight gain or so many side effects?

  • Devin Garlit moderator author
    2 weeks ago

    Thanks @Pamodie, so sorry to hear. I think the worst thing someone can say to use is to “just cheer up”. There are definitely a wide variety of medications available, obviously, there can be side effects with anything. One of the best things I can recommend, is to find a therapist and try them out. If you don’t click with them, then try a different one. It may not seem it, but seeing a therapist regularly can be a fantastic way to handle depression. Not only is extremely beneficial to talk to someone, can can often teach you good strategies that can help you every day. Eventually, they may evaluate you for medication, but that isn’t always the case. As my own example, I see a therapist, who isn’t a doctor, he was formerly a social worker, took more classes and does therapy now. He did have me meet with someone about possibly taking a medication, but for now, we’ve opted not to. Instead, I see him regularly and it’s extremely helpful. I think a lot of people think that, they go to see a therapist and there is a push for medication and that isn’t always the case. That may be more common when you go to see a full on psychiatrist, but I always recommend seeing a therapist/counselor first. Sometimes, searching for “counseling services” in your area is really the best place to start.

  • antoinettefugere
    2 years ago

    Hey Devin Garlit, Thank you for sharing your story with us. It is a great forum where people can share their stories. Where on the other side, people who are suffering with it will get some hope and solution to cope up with their problems. Though I haven’t done any research on any of the Physical or emotional symptoms. But these problems are so common now-a-days that we some about know about it. Like my friend some time before was struggling with his depression. He tried everything but nothing helped him out. Then someone told him to consult the Voyance Direct from Martine Voyance at He consulted and the results were positive.

  • lcal
    3 years ago

    Devin, thank you so much for taking the time and effort to create this video on mental illness Stigma and depression as it relates to MS. I was diagnosed in 1995 10 years almost after a stroke(hemiplegic migraine) yet until about 2-3 years ago always rode with ease through ups n downs. My mind will not allow me that any longer and it’s frustrating as I’ve never been a depressed person or if I was could pull out of it in a couple of days
    Thank you for the reminder that is is or can be part of the disease process as I daily look for every other reason something could be instead of the obvious, MS
    I WISH YOU WELL and hope you take your own advice! I have lived first hand on the effects of suicide and (as you know) it never needs to be an option. I’m so happy your wife seems to pick up on your different moods and asks you about it. She seems awesome!!
    One more thing, off subject
    I could not help but notice in video you have beautiful teeth. So many years of so many meds have destroyed mine, SO KEEP SMILING DEVIN

  • Devin Garlit moderator author
    3 years ago

    Thanks so much lcal! Like you, I went a long time when I could skate through the ups and downs, and then it just became nearly impossible. Thanks so much for commenting. I do need to take my own advice (that’s always much harder than I think it should be!) haha and thanks about the teeth! I owe all that to genetics and my dad’s side of the family (lol, though I guess I could say that about MS too). I wish you well too, keep up the fight!

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