Depression and Multiple Sclerosis

Posted on February 14, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Multiple sclerosis is an often-debilitating disease that can make it difficult for the sufferer to maintain steady employment or to even cope with day-to-day activities with any level of comfort. When multiple sclerosis leaves a person unable to work or sustain an income, it may be necessary to seek Social Security disability benefits.

There are a number of ailments that accompany multiple sclerosis. These ailments are unique to each patient and can range from mild to severe. When the symptoms are more severe, the odds of needing Social Security disability benefits increase.

Symptoms can include anything from eyesight problems to motor problems. In addition, patients may also experience:

  • Sensory symptoms;
  • Balance and coordination symptoms;
  • Bladder and bowel symptoms;
  • Cognitive symptoms; and/or
  • Other symptoms.

One of the other more common symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis is depression. The risk for depression is as high as 50% for those who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

The onset of depression varies but recently researchers from UCLA have found what they believe to be a physical cause. A critical part of the brain-the hippocampus-that is involved in memory and mood may be related to depression. Researchers discovered that atrophy of the hippocampus in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis may lead to depression.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, you may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. Contact a disability associate who can help you determine eligibility.

Our FREE Social Security disability guide will save you from harming your claim. Request your copy today! Disability representatives, Disability Help Group, will fight for your rights – 1-(800)-800-3332.